Affective Labor in Memoirs of Henry Obookiah

Molly Ball

Eureka College

Molly Ball is an Assistant Professor of English at Eureka College, where she teaches courses ranging from surveys of American literature to seminars on the Gothic tradition, science fiction and citizenship, and eighteenth-century transatlantic literature. Her work has appeared in such journals as ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, and she is currently working on a monograph titled Writing Out of Time: Plotting Vulnerability in the Long Nineteenth Century. Writing Out of Time examines texts that register biopolitical violence through narrative form; it includes chapters on seduction narrative, slave narrative, naturalism, and the annexation of the Hawai’ian Kingdom.


Edwin Dwight’s 1818 narrative, Memoirs of Henry Obookiah, oozes with emotion. It depicts the life of Ōpūkaha‘ia, a Native Hawai’ian man who came to the U.S. in 1809, converted to Christianity, and shaped the American... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Molly Ball (Eureka College)

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Pacific Intersections


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