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Between Morality and the Marketplace: Literary Celebrity and the Transatlantic Anti-Slavery Movement

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Duration: 0:26:00 | Added: 03 Apr 2016
Simon Morgan discusses the tensions within the transatlantic anti-slavery movement between literary celebrity and moral responsibility.

Simon Morgan (Leeds Beckett University) examines these tensions through the contrasting cases of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe: the former trying to use his status as an ex-slave and anti-slavery orator to promote himself as an author, the latter using her status as international literary celebrity to claim authority as a spokeswoman against slavery. For both literature was an avenue through which they could intervene effectively in political debate and construct their public personae.

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