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"Perfectly whole": skin and text in John Gabriel Stedman's "Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam"

Senior, Emily (2010) "Perfectly whole": skin and text in John Gabriel Stedman's "Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam". Eighteenth-Century Studies 44 (1), pp. 39-56. ISSN 0013-2586.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/ecs.2010.0017

Abstract

Most commonly associated with the striking engravings by William Blake which embellished its 1796 publication, John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative has much to offer scholars of colonial history and literature beyond this connection. This paper reads Stedman's account of military life in the troubled Dutch colony of Suriname in terms of his fascination with the effects of the turbulent colonial environment on skin. As the point of convergence for social narratives of the body in terms of beauty, feeling, health, and race, skin becomes the motif through which Stedman makes sense of the disease and death which surround him.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Emily Senior
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 14:46
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2013 13:44
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4871

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