British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility

Writing, Sentiment and Slavery, 1760–1807

  • Authors
  • Brycchan Carey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Brycchan Carey
    Pages 1-17
  3. Brycchan Carey
    Pages 18-45
  4. Brycchan Carey
    Pages 73-106
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-240

About this book


British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility argues that participants in the late eighteenth-century slavery debate developed a distinct sentimental rhetoric, using the language of the heart to powerful effect in the most important political and humanitarian battle of the time. Examining both familiar and unfamiliar texts, including poetry, novels, journalism, and political writing, Carey shows that salve-owners and abolitionists alike made strategic use of the rhetoric of sensibility in the hope of influencing a reading public thoroughly immersed in the 'cult of feeling'.


law novel poetry rhetoric Romanticism time

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