American Slaves in Victorian England: Abolitionist Politics by Audrey A. Fisch

By Audrey A. Fisch

Audrey Fisch's learn examines the stream inside England of the folk and concepts of the black Abolitionist crusade. by means of targeting Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, an nameless sequel to that novel, Uncle Tom in England, and John Brown's Slave lifestyles in Georgia, and the lecture excursions of unfastened blacks and ex-slaves, Fisch follows the discourse of yankee abolitionism because it moved around the Atlantic and used to be reshaped through household Victorian debates approximately pop culture and style, the employee as opposed to the slave, renowned schooling, and dealing classification self-improvement.

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He or she may or may not be a member of the newly literate working class to which The Times review alludes. What is clear is that the Christian Observer shares the concern of The Times regarding the potential effects of popular literature on a Victorian reader imagined as uncultured and vulnerable. Unlike The Times, however, the Christian Observer "distinguishes" Stowe "from the class of writers [of popular novels] with whom she is not unlikely, at first sight, to be associated" (696). Unlike the corrupt The commercialization and reception 0/Uncle Tom's Cabin 27 class of popular novelists, Stowe is like "some master-spirit arise [n] to dignify the department which [s]he occupies with higher ends and objects than those proposed to themselves by ordinary artists" (696).

Exactly what kind of reader comes under scrutiny in the Christian Observer is not clear. He or she may or may not be a member of the newly literate working class to which The Times review alludes. What is clear is that the Christian Observer shares the concern of The Times regarding the potential effects of popular literature on a Victorian reader imagined as uncultured and vulnerable. Unlike The Times, however, the Christian Observer "distinguishes" Stowe "from the class of writers [of popular novels] with whom she is not unlikely, at first sight, to be associated" (696).

A licentious tale is immediately provided. Is it an age morbidly craving after excitement? He has ready for the market scenes of horror, mysteries, and murders. Are levity and nonchalance about great and good things the characteristic of the day? He stands forth as the buffoon for the gratification of his readers, and deals out a supply of flippant "badinage," and heartless mockery of good men or great principles. (696) Notice that "society," "public opinion," and the "market" always already desire the unhealthy, whether it be excitement, licentiousness, or buffoonery.

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