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FASS thinking: Book Launch with Karen Lipsedge and Brycchan Carey

Date:14 March 2013, 5:00pm to
14 March 2013, 6:30pm
Location:JG0003, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road, Kingston University
 KT1 2EE

From Meeting Houses to Country Houses: Launching Brycchan Carey and Karen Lipsedge's New Books"

Karen Lipsedge: Domestic Spaces in Eighteenth Century British Novels (Macmillan Palgrave, 2012)

If Fanny Burney exclaimed ‘What heroine exists without a closet?’, then why do closets hardly feature in her novels? If the backstairs were meant to be used by servants and over-eager lovers alone, then why are they the only stairs accessible to Richardson’s Clarissa? It is almost impossible to read an eighteenth-century novel without thinking about and being puzzled by the fictional living spaces occupied by the characters. In her lecture Karen will help you to answer all your questions about fictional spaces, by guiding you through the ‘real’ eighteenth-century house and garden. But Karen will do more than just provide information. She will seek to bring the eighteenth-century ‘real’ and fictional domestic interior to life for you, the modern reader.

Brycchan Carey:

From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658-1761

From Peace to Freedom investigates in detail the origins of antislavery thought and rhetoric within the Society of Friends. It shows how the Quakers turned against slavery in the first half of the eighteenth century and became the first organization to take a stand against the slave trade.

Through meticulous examination of the earliest writings of the Friends, including journals and letters, the book reveals the society’s gradual transition from expressing doubt about slavery to adamant opposition. Centering on Quaker communities in London, Barbados, and Philadelphia,From Peace to Freedom examines the writings and lives of antislavery Friends such as George Fox, John Hepburn, Benjamin Lay, John Woolman, and Anthony Benezet. It shows that while progression toward an antislavery stance was ongoing, it was slow and uneven and that it was vigorous internal debate and discussion that ultimately led to a call for abolition. From Peace to Freedom is "a major contribution to the history of the rhetoric of antislavery and the development of antislavery thought as explicated in early Quaker writing".

A drinks reception in the Picton room will follow.

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