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Alasdair Pettinger - Author

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Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Author: Alasdair Pettinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2020

The first full-length study of Frederick Douglass' visit to Scotland in 1846 Frederick Douglass (1818-95) was not the only fugitive from American slavery to visit Scotland before the Civil War, but he was the best known and his impact was far-reaching. This book shows that addressing crowded halls from Ayr to Aberdeen, he gained the confidence, mastered the skills and fashioned the distinctive voice that transformed him as a campaigner. It tells how Douglass challenged the Free Church over its ties with the Southern plantocracy; how he exploited his knowledge of Walter Scott and Robert Burns to brilliant effect; and how he asserted control over his own image at a time when racial science and blackface minstrel shows were beginning to shape his audiences' perceptions. He arrived as a subordinate envoy of white abolitionists, legally still enslaved. He returned home as a free man ready to embark on a new stage of his career, as editor and proprietor of his own newspaper and a leader in his own right. Key Features: First full-length study of Frederick Douglass' visit to Scotland in 1846 Reveals fresh information about, and deepens our understanding of, a major 19th-century intellectual at a crucial stage in his political and professional development Subjects Douglass' speeches and letters to close readings and situates them in the immediate context of their delivery and composition Demonstrates the extent to which Douglass was closely acquainted with Scottish literature, history and current affairs Enhances our knowledge of Douglass as a performer, his ability to read audiences, and how he moved and influenced them

The Routledge Research Companion to Travel Writing

The Routledge Research Companion to Travel Writing

Author: Alasdair Pettinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2019

Showcasing established and new patterns of research, The Routledge Research Companion to Travel Writing takes an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and to travel texts themselves. The volume adopts a thematic approach, with each contributor considering a specific aspect of travel writing - a recurrent motif, an organising principle or a literary form. All of the essays include a discussion of representative travel texts, to ensure that the volume as a whole represents a broad historical and geographical range of travel writing. Together, the 25 essays and the editors' introduction offer a comprehensive and authoritative reflection of the state of travel writing criticism and lay the ground for future developments.

Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Author: Alasdair Pettinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2018

The first full-length study of Frederick Douglass' visit to Scotland in 1846. Reveals fresh information about, and deepens our understanding of, a major 19th-century intellectual at a crucial stage in his political and professional development. Subjects Douglass' speeches and letters to close readings and situates them in the immediate context of their delivery and composition. Demonstrates the extent to which Douglass was closely acquainted with Scottish literature, history and current affairs.