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Fatal RevolutionsNatural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature$
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Christopher P. Iannini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835562

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838181_iannini

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(p.1) Introduction
Fatal Revolutions

Christopher P. Iannini

University of North Carolina Press

Pierre-Louis Baudry des Lozières' essay entitled “A Memoir on Animal Cotton; or, The Insect Fly-Carrier,” was composed at a pivotal moment in the history of the Atlantic world. Through his meticulous description of the insect, Baudry argues the potential consequences of the Haitian Revolution for the propagation of knowledge, virtue, and refinement in the Americas. This introduction begins with an analysis of “Memoir on Animal Cotton” because it sets the stage for questions about the development of scientific and literary culture in the early Americas.

Keywords:   Pierre-Louis Baudry des Lozières, Memoir on Animal Cotton, Haitian Revolution, scientific culture, literary culture

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