Oceanic Freedom: Romances of Fluidity in Douglass, Delany, and Contemporary Theory

Cristin Ellis

University of Mississippi

Cristin Ellis is associate professor of literature at the University of Mississippi. Her book, Antebellum Posthuman: Race and Materiality in the Mid-Nineteenth Century is forthcoming from Fordham University Press in January 2018. Her work has appeared in American Literature, Political Research Quarterly, The Concord Saunterer, and Thoreau in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017).


In a similarly vein, Cristin Ellis examines how the fluidity of the ocean environment leant itself to models of natural freedom in the fictions of Douglass and Delany, and asks how their romantic-era trope of a moralized... [ view full abstract ]


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