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Nobody's StoryThe Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670–1820$
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Catherine Gallagher

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182436.001.0001

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The Author-Monarch and the Royal Slave

The Author-Monarch and the Royal Slave

Oroonoko and the Blackness of Representation

(p.49) 2 The Author-Monarch and the Royal Slave
Nobody's Story

Catherine Gallagher

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses and considers the representation of the author in print. It probes the mystique of a bodiless medium that holds out promises of sovereignty and anonymity in the midst of commodification. Oroonoko, Behn's romance of the sovereign in the marketplace, is interpreted in this chapter as an absolutist fantasy of disembodiment through representation and exchange.

Keywords:   representation, bodiless medium, sovereignty, anonymity, commodification, Oroonoko, absolutist fantasy, disembodiment, exchange

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