‘City of Creoles: West Indian Absentees and the Re-imagining of Later Georgian London’
Dr Natalie Zacek, University of Manchester
This paper examines the ways in which the influx of absentee planters and their families from Britain’s West Indian colonies reshaped the urban development and elite society of London from the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War in 1763 through the emancipation of the enslaved in 1834. My goal in this project is to follow where scholars of literature have led in their examination of the numerous West Indian returnees who populate the plays and novels of the later Georgian period, to historicise the figure of the absentee man or woman as they appeared to their contemporaries, and how they responded to this reception, and to locate those figures within the landscape of a rapidly expanding London.
Where: University of Portsmouth, St Andrew’s Court, room 3.03
When: Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 17:00-18:30
This event is part of the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). For more information about the Centre, please follow this link: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-groups/centre-for-european-and-international-studies-research
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