Slaves to Sweetness
British and Caribbean Literatures of Sugar
Dr Carl Plasa is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University. Previous books include 'Textual Politics from Slavery to Postcolonialism: Race and Identification' (Palgrave, 2000), 'Toni Morrison: Beloved', Columbia Critical Guides Series (Columbia University Press, 1999) and 'The Discourse of Slavery: Aphra Behn to Toni Morrison' (co-edited with Betty J. Ring, Routledge, 1994).
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. ‘Muse Suppress the tale’: James Grainger’s The Sugar-Cane and the poetry of refinement 2. ‘Stained with Spots of Human Blood’: Sugar, abolition and cannibalism 3. ‘Conveying away the Trash’: Sweetening Slavery in Matthew Lewis’s Journal of a West India Proprietor, kept during a residence in the Island of Jamaica 4. ‘Sugared almonds and pink Lozenges’: George Eliot’s ‘Brother Jacob’ as Literary Confection 5. ‘Cane is a Slaver’: Sugar Men and Sugar Women in postcolonial Caribbean poetry 6. ‘Daughters Sacrificed to Strangers’: Interracial desires and intertextual memories in Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge 7. ‘Somebody Kill Somebody, Then?’: The sweet revenge of Austin Clarke’s The Polished Hoe Bibliography Index
Carla Plasa’s Slaves to Sweetness: British and Caribbean Literatures of Sugar offers a more refined (excuse the pun) and refreshing take on movement and migration within a Caribbean and black British context.
Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
Elegantly written and informative with many new insights.
Charlotte Sussman Duke University
Slaves to Sweetness is an important addition to the fields of postcolonial studies and of contemporary black writing: indeed, one of the most important connections it makes is to link them. Rich in perceptive close reading and razor-sharp insight, this is an important addition to the reading of all these texts, but also to the ‘reading’ of sugar.
The Review of English Studies, New Series, Vol. 61, No. 249
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: March 1, 2009
Series: Liverpool Studies in International Slavery 1