The most prolific woman writer of the eighteenth century, Eliza Haywood (1693-1756?) was a key player in the history of the English novel. Along with her contemporary Defoe, she did more than any other writer to create a market for fiction prior to the emergence of Richardson, Fielding, and Smollett. Also one of Augustan England's most popular authors, Haywood came to fame in 1719 with the publication of her first novel, Love in Excess. Essays in this collection explore themes such as the connections between Haywood's early and late work, her experiments with the form of the novel, her involvement in party politics, her use of myth and plot devices, and her intense interest in the imbalance of power between men and women.
The article presents information on the interesting narratives of Olaudah Equiano, one of the most prominent people in the African heritage, about colonialism, biblical world-making and temporalities. It examines his claims about African origins in order to explain the dimensions of race, history, and colonialism that shaped his experience of religion. It addresses his appeal to biblical commentary about Africa as an inventive ruse that reveals his skill as an artist of self-representation who invents a biblical Africa to overturn Christian colonial ideas that denied Africans a place in the historical world. It also explores his location within the world of Christian noetics and temporalities manifests the eviscerating constraints of colonial conquest against African subjectivity.
The Interesting Narration of the Life of Olaudah Equiano created a sensation when it was published in 1789. Written by ex-slave Equiano, the autobiography vividly described the horrors of being kidnapped from Africa, the Middle Passage, and life in captivity, and fueled the growing abolitionist movement. This program employs dramatic reconstructions of this slave narrative, archival material, and interviews with scholars such as Stuart Hall and Ian Duffield to explain the social and economic context of the 18th-century slave trade.