The Narrative Of Robert Adams A Barbary Captive

Author: Robert Adams
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521842846
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The Narrative Of Robert Adams A Barbary Captive from the Author: Robert Adams. First published in London in 1816, The Narrative of Robert Adams is an account of the adventures of Robert Adams, an African American seaman who survives shipwreck, slavery, and brutal efforts to convert him to Islam, before being ransomed to the British consul. In London, Adams is discovered by the Company of Merchants Trading which publishes his story, into which Adams inserts a fantastical account of a trip to Timbuctoo. Adams's story is accompanied by contemporary essays and notes that place his experience in the context of European exploration of Africa at the time, and weigh his credibility against other contemporary accounts. Professor Adams's introduction examines Adams's credibility in light of modern knowledge of Africa and discusses the significance of his story in relation to the early nineteenth century interest in Timbuctoo, and to the literary genres of the slave narrative and the Barbary Captivity narrative.

A The Narrative Of Robert Adams A Sailor Who Was Wrecked On The Western Coast Of Africa In The Year 1810 Was Detained Three Years In Slavery By The

Author: Robert Adams
Publisher: Theclassics.Us
ISBN: 9781230468181
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A The Narrative Of Robert Adams A Sailor Who Was Wrecked On The Western Coast Of Africa In The Year 1810 Was Detained Three Years In Slavery By The from the Author: Robert Adams. This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...of this part of Adams's Narrative. In the course of his examinations, almost every new inquirer eagerly questioned him respecting the Jolilxt; and he could not fail to observe, that, because he had been at Tombuctoo, he was expected, as a matter of course, either to have seen, or at least frequently to have heard of, this celebrated river. Adams, however, fairly admits that he knows nothing about it: and, notwithstanding the surprise of many of his examiners, he cannot be brought to acknowledge that he had heard the name even once mentioned at Tombuctoo. All that he does recollect is, that a river Joliba had been spoken of at Tudenny, where it was described as lying in the direction of Bambarra. Those who recollect Major Rennell's remarks respecting the Niger, in his "Geographical Illustrations," will not be much surprised that Adams should not hear of the "Joliba" from the natives of Tombuctoo. At that point of its course, the river is doubtless known by another name: and if the Joliba were spoken of at all, it would probably be accompanied (as Adams stales in the text) with some mention of Bambarra, which may be presumed to be the last country eastward in which the Niger retains its Mandingo name. Note 40, p. 57. Some of the words mentioned in this short specimen of the Negro language are Arabick; for instance, --killcb, a dog; feel, an e'cphant; dar, a house: also the names which he has given for "date" and " fig"; but the word carna, which he has prefixed to the latter, signifying " tree," is not Arabick. Whether Adams, in consequence of the short opporx tunity which he had of hearing the uage of the Negroes, and his subsequent long resiQi, .ice amongst the Arabs, has confounded the two languages in the above instances; or whether there...

The View From The Masthead

Author: Hester Blum
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469606550
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The View From The Masthead from the Author: Hester Blum. With long, solitary periods at sea, far from literary and cultural centers, sailors comprise a remarkable population of readers and writers. Although their contributions have been little recognized in literary history, seamen were important figures in the nineteenth-century American literary sphere. In the first book to explore their unique contribution to literary culture, Hester Blum examines the first-person narratives of working sailors, from little-known sea tales to more famous works by Herman Melville, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, and Richard Henry Dana. In their narratives, sailors wrote about how their working lives coexisted with--indeed, mutually drove--their imaginative lives. Even at leisure, they were always on the job site. Blum analyzes seamen's libraries, Barbary captivity narratives, naval memoirs, writings about the Galapagos Islands, Melville's sea vision, and the crisis of death and burial at sea. She argues that the extent of sailors' literacy and the range of their reading were unusual for a laboring class, belying the popular image of Jack Tar as merely a swaggering, profane, or marginal figure. As Blum demonstrates, seamen's narratives propose a method for aligning labor and contemplation that has broader applications for the study of American literature and history.

White Slaves African Masters

Author: Paul Baepler
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226034041
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White Slaves African Masters from the Author: Paul Baepler. Contains primary source material.

A Love Of Reading

Author: Robert Adams
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 155199447X
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A Love Of Reading from the Author: Robert Adams. Every year, Robert Adams prepares a series of five reviews of contemporary novels, to be delivered alone on a theatre stage to sold-out audiences in Toronto and Montreal. In A Love of Reading Adams has now gathered 18 of his most brilliant reviews, from Jack Maggs by Peter Carey and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, to A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler. In them he skillfully interweaves a nimble and entertaining discussion of plot, theme, and characterization with fascinating historical, biographical, and literary context. He is repeatedly drawn to the spectacle of less-than-perfect humans making their way in a hostile world, and as a result a review by Robert Adams is almost always a hugely satisfying mix of rich pathos and abundant humour. Famously, Adams reads a book a day, from which he selects only those novels that are truly extraordinary, that have made him see some part of the world or some aspect of the human condition in a new light – because for Adams, the best books always take the reader on a journey, with a destination very distant from the point of departure. It should be not only a journey of discovery – an exploration of the author’s vision – but also of risk. By matching one’s own vision to that of the author, says Adams, the reader enters an exciting negotiation to produce a new vision of his own. This joint enterprise between reader and writer, the shared risk and the wonder of discovery, is the foundation of A Love of Reading. • For the last six years, Robert Adams has presented an annual series of book reviews to sold out audiences. Eighty per cent of Adams’ 3,000 subscribers in Toronto and Montreal renew for the following season • This book is a selection of modern classics from a discriminating and entertaining guide • Perfect for reading groups • Quill & Quire, noting the jump in sales of any book reviewed by Adams, has called the phenomenon “The Adams Effect” From the Hardcover edition.

Male Armor

Author: Jon Robert Adams
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813933978
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Male Armor from the Author: Jon Robert Adams. There is no shortage of iconic masculine imagery of the soldier in American film and literature—one only has to think of George C. Scott as Patton in front of a giant American flag, Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, or Burt Lancaster rolling around in the surf in From Here to Eternity. In Male Armor, Jon Robert Adams examines the ways in which novels, plays, and films about America’s late-twentieth-century wars reflect altering perceptions of masculinity in the culture at large. He highlights the gap between the cultural conception of masculinity and the individual experience of it, and exposes the myth of war as an experience that verifies manhood. Drawing on a wide range of work, from the war novels of Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, James Jones, and Joseph Heller to David Rabe’s play Streamers and Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead, Adams examines the evolving image of the soldier from World War I to Operation Desert Storm. In discussing these changing perceptions of masculinity, he reveals how works about war in the late twentieth century attempt to eradicate inconsistencies among American civilian conceptions of war, the military’s expectations of the soldier, and the soldier’s experience of combat. Adams argues that these inconsistencies are largely responsible not only for continuing support of the war enterprise but also for the soldiers’ difficulty in reintegration to civilian society upon their return. He intends Male Armor to provide a corrective to the public’s continued investment in the war enterprise as a guarantor both of masculinity and, by extension, of the nation.