Henry Smeathman, the Flycatcher
Natural History, Slavery and Empire in the Late Eighteenth Century
Deirdre Coleman is the Robert Wallace Chair of English at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of 'Romantic Colonization and British Anti-Slavery' (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and has recently published essays in the 'Oxford History of the Novel' (2015), the 'Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century British Women Writers' (2015), and 'Archives of Natural History' (2017). Her research interests lie in literature, colonialism, slavery and natural history.
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1: Metamorphosis
Chapter 2: Prospects
Chapter 3: Residence
Chapter 4: Housekeeping
Chapter 5: Currency
Chapter 6: Doldrums
Chapter 7: Antislavery
Chapter 8: Prodigal Returns
Proposals for printing by subscription, Voyages and travels in Africa and the West-Indies, from the year 1771, to the year 1779 inclusive [London, 1780].
‘Oeconomy of a Slave Ship’.
‘Mr Smeathman’s Useful hints for those who intend to visit or settle in Africa and other hot Climates’.
‘Some Account of the Termites, which are found in Africa and other hot climates. In a Letter from Mr. Henry Smeathman, of Clement’s Inn, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. P. R. S.’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London vol.71 (1781).
“This is a well-researched and engaging interpretive biography of an important, yet relatively unknown late eighteenth-century traveling naturalist. […] Smeathman is an intriguing figure whose life story deserves to be told, especially as it is contextualized by Coleman, whose marvellous eye for detail matches that of her subject. Smeathman had always intended to write a history of his “voyages and travels,” but did not live long enough to do so. Through Coleman, this story is finally being told. This book makes a new and important contribution to our understanding of eighteenth-century subaltern natural history and the history of African slavery.”
Alan Bewell, Professor of English, University of Toronto
Size: 239 x 163 mm
35 colour illustrations
Publication: May 31, 2018
Series: Romantic Reconfigurations: Studies in Literature and Culture 1780-1850 2