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Elizabeth Bohls

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Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818Travel Writing 1700-1830Blackwell Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Culture,The History of Mary PrinceWomen on the Verge of Home,Journal of a West India PlanterEuropean Romantic ReviewHistory of JamaicaThe Country and the City Revisited: England and the Politics of Culture, 1560-1840

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"Sites of Slavery: Writing Identities in the British West Indies, 1770-1833." Explores relationships between identity, place, and gender in this economically crucial, culturally hybrid sector of the British Empire during the decades preceding emancipation. I consider histories, autobiographies, travel accounts and journals by individuals occupying diverse positions in colonial society: planters, sailors, soldiers, slaves, travelers, and wives. How did they represent the geographical and social places they inhabited – the sites of slavery? How did each writer imagine his or her relation to the center of empire, the British Isles, a site of slavery in a different sense (though imagining itself a land of liberty)? I trace these questions through key discourses of place: landscape (aesthetics), habitat (natural history), and home (gendered domesticity).