Penelope Aubin: The Noble Slaves

Carol Stewart (Editor)

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This is the first ever critical edition of Penelope Aubin’s The Noble Slaves, a novel that shows women as both moral exemplars and independent adventurers in foreign lands. Its tales of seduction, imprisonment, and escape engage with contemporary debates about arbitrary authority and slavery—particularly in relation to the lives of women. In one brief and fast-paced novel, Aubin brings together the aristocratic romance and the world of trade with the themes of empire and colonialism. Sometimes assessed as a pious conservative or a popular sensationalist, Aubin used fiction as a vehicle for addressing the deepest moral and political concerns of her time, and The Noble Slaves will allow new readers to understand her importance to the history of the novel.

The appendices to this Broadview Edition include contemporary fiction and historical documents on slavery, piracy, and Orientalism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPeterborough, Ontario
PublisherBroadview Press
Number of pages222
ISBN (Electronic)9781460408230
ISBN (Print)9781554816231
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2023

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