Essays in Romanticism

Intertextuality, Slavery and Abolition in Maria Edgeworth's "The Good Aunt" and "The Grateful Negro"

Essays in Romanticism (2013), 20, (1), 19–36.

Abstract

George E. Boulukos's influential article on Edgeworth's tale, "The Grateful Negro," in 1999, argued that, because of its close ties with and echoes of Bryan Edwards's pro-plantocratic History of the West Indies (to which the tale refers both explicitly and through allusion), Edgeworth's "The Grateful Negro" should be understood as aligning itself with anti-abolitionism. By examining Edgeworth's unpublished writings on the subject of slavery and slave labour, attending to the intertextual elements of "The Grateful Negro," and analyzing how Edgeworth uses allusions to Bryan Edwards and Erasmus Darwin in "The Good Aunt" (written five years before "The Grateful Negro"), I suggest that Edgeworth's view of slavery and slave-trading was much more sceptical of Bryan Edwards's polemical history than has been argued before now.

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Manly, Susan