F20 Black Atlantic: Resources, Pedagogy, and Scholarship on the 18th Century Black AtlanticMain MenuAuthor IndexFAQWeek 01: August 28: PedagogiesWeek 02: Friday, September 4: Thinking about Projects and Digital MethodsWeek 03: Friday, September 11: Black Atlantic Classics Week 04: Reccomended: Thursday September 17: 4pm: Indigenous Studies and British LiteraturesThe Center for Literary + Comparative Studies @UMDWeek 04: Required: Friday, September 18: Reading: Indigenous Studies in the Eighteenth CenturyWeek 04: Required: Friday, September 18: Book LaunchRemaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American CitizenshipWeek 05: Friday, September 25: Digital Humanities, Caribbean Stuides, and FashionGuest: Siobhan MeiWeek 06: Friday, October 2: OBIWeek 07: October 9: Black LondonSancho's Social NetworksWeek 08: Friday, October 16:Muslim Slave Narratives, Hans Sloane, the British Museum, Colonialism as CurationWeek 09: Friday, October 23: Reflection and Tools DayWeek 10: Friday, October 30: Myths of a White Atlantic (and Project Proposal)Week 11: Friday, November 6: Black New EnglandWeek 12: Friday, November 13: Woman of Colour and Mary PrinceWeek 13: Friday, November 20: Peer Review Workshop and Draft with Action PlanKierra M. Porter6b7d2e75a0006cdf2df0ac2471be73ef9c88c9e3Brandice Walker579eedcc76564f61b1ba7f36082d05bdf4fc3435Alexis Harper52f175308474d58b269191120b6cda0582dcde71Catherine C. Saunders80964fcb3df3a95f164eca6637e796a22deb5f63Joseph Heidenescher83b7b4309ef73ce872fc35c61eb8ed716cce705fJoshua Lawson8aecdcf9d2db74d75fb55413d44f3c2dfc3828bdKymberli M Corprue7f6419242e66e656367985fbc1cfa10a933ce71dJimisha Relerford1903b0530d962a83c3a72bad80c867df4f5c027fEmily MN Kugler98290aa17be4166538e04751b7eb57a9fe5c26a2Reed Caswell Aikendbd321f67398d85b0079cc751762466dfe764f88Brenton Brock619582e4449ba6f0c631f2ebb7d7313c0890fa00
Woman of Colour Response
12020-11-14T10:43:26-08:00Joshua Lawson8aecdcf9d2db74d75fb55413d44f3c2dfc3828bd377911JLawsonplain2020-11-14T10:43:26-08:00Joshua Lawson8aecdcf9d2db74d75fb55413d44f3c2dfc3828bdHaving read The Woman of Colour, I was struck by how this story is also about Olivia and her interactions with the English than it was about her own development. The way the novel ended with her leaving for Jamaica for me speaks to her own agency that she ends up not getting married and leaves for home. But I think the problem I have with the text is that it gives the white characters a happy ending (in particular Mr. Augustus) which I think would not have happened without Olivia reconciling and facilitating their relationship. Although the text lays out how the mother put the son into a situation in which he became a bigamist, what upset me about the text was that Olivia left without getting her inheritance, but maybe this is what she wanted. Moreover, the book seems to stop short in really explaining how racism shapes the attitudes of the white English who see Olivia as a racialized other. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the white English reveal about themselves is that they have been shaped by the racial discourse, and Olivia’s surprise at their racism reveals that the white English are having to come face to face with the racialized other they have seen at a distance but never confronted. Furthermore, Olivia then becomes the physical reminder of slavery and Britain’s role in the slave trade, when they see Olivia they are confronted with their colonial other. But the text does offer an interesting critique in the form of the Marmadukes, in particular Lady Marmaduke who lays out how despite the English and their mocking of colonials they end up mimicking the cultural patterns of the very people that they mock.