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Fatal Revolutions: Natural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature

Christopher P. Iannini


Drawing on letters, illustrations, engravings, and neglected manuscripts, this book connects two dramatic transformations in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world—the emergence and growth of the Caribbean plantation system and the rise of natural science. It argues that these transformations were not only deeply interconnected, but that together they established conditions fundamental to the development of a distinctive literary culture in the early Americas. In fact, eighteenth-century natural history as a literary genre largely took its shape from its practice in the Caribbean, an oft-studie ... More

Keywords: Caribbean, plantation system, natural science, literary culture, early Americas, source of wealth, colonial prose narrative, natural history writing, Atlantic slavery, tropical commodities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835562
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807838181_iannini


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher P. Iannini, author