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The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel$
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Julia Sun-Joo Lee

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390322.001.0001

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The Plot Against England

The Plot Against England

The Dynamiter

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(p.131) Epilogue The Plot Against England
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The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel
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Julia Sun-Joo Lee (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390322.003.0006

The epilogue focuses on Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Stevenson's collection of stories, The Dynamiter (1885). Set against the Fenian dynamite bombings in London, The Dynamiter revises the slave narrative to expose England's dwindling moral authority in the late-Victorian period. This epilogue addresses the cultural durability of the American slave narrative in the years following the Emancipation Proclamation, while considering how issues of authorship and authenticity continued to haunt the genre into the late nineteenth century.

Keywords:   slavery, Fenian, postcolonial, race, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Dynamiter, transatlantic

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