Freedom's Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940
by Laura Doyle
In this pathbreaking work of scholarship, Laura Doyle reveals the central, formative role of race in the development of a transnational, English-language literature over three centuries. Identifying a recurring freedom plot organized around an Atlantic Ocean crossing, Doyle shows how this plot structures the texts of both African-Atlantic and Anglo-Atlantic writers and how...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published January 11th 2008 by Duke University Press Books
(first published December 21st 2007)
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OK, this is hard going, as the book is couched in academese and much of the body belongs in footnotes; if the author had written for the general audience she would have done a great service, for the the topic deserves the telling and the general audience has a need to know. Essentialy her thesis, buttressed by exhausting list of primary documents, is the that anglo-saxonism, the basis of white supremacy, has it roots in the 17th century struggle for control of the Atlantic during which Anglos (B...more
Laura Doyle is the author of the book The Surrendered Wife: A Practical Guide to Finding Intimacy, Passion and Peace with a Man (Simon & Schuster 2001), The Surrendered Single: A Practical Guide to Attracting and Marrying the Man Who's Right for You (Simon & Schuster 2002), and Things Will Get as Good as you Can Stand (Simon & Schuster 2004) She leads workshops and seminars that have h...moreMore about Laura Doyle...