Ignatius Sancho Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Dathorne, O. R. “African Writers of the Eighteenth Century.” The London Magazine 5 (September 1965): 51-8.

Considers the literary contributions of Sancho and Ottobah Cogoano against the background of eighteenth-century British attitudes.

Dommergues, André. “Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), the White-Masked African.” In The History and Historiography of Commonwealth Literature, edited by Dieter Riemenschneider, pp. 189-97. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1983.

Places Sancho in historical perspective and finds that, while he was assimilated into eighteenth-century British culture, he was acutely aware of his status and ambiguous position as a Black man.

Edwards, Paul. Unreconciled Strivings and Ironic Strategies: Three Afro-British Authors of the Georgian Era: Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, Robert Wedderburn. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1992, 60 p.

Pamphlet that criticizes literary approaches to Sancho's life and work.

Edwards, Paul, and Polly Rewt. “Introduction.” In The Letters of Ignatius Sancho, edited by Paul Edwards and Polly Rewt, pp. 1-21. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1994.

Offers an overview of Sancho's life and the Letters.

Gerzina, Gretchen. Black England: Life Before Emancipation, pp. 57-66. London: John Murray, 1995.

A popular introduction to the eighteenth-century Black community in England that provides an overview of Sancho's life, attitudes, and achievements.

Sypher, Wylie. Guinea's Captive Kings: British Anti-slavery Literature of the XVIIIth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1942, 340 p.

A comprehensive account of the antislavery literature of the eighteenth century that is often critical of the movement; includes several brief discussions of Sancho and his place in British literature.

Willis, J. R. “New Light on the Life of Ignatius Sancho: Some Unpublished Letters.” Slavery and Abolition 1 (1980): 345-58.

Reprints fourteen letters attributed to Sancho.

Woodard, Helena. African British Writings in the Eighteenth Century: The Politics of Race and Reason. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999, 208 p.

Contains a chapter titled “Ignatius Sancho and Laurence Sterne: The Measure of Benevolence and the ‘Cult of Sensibility’,” which provides a reading of Sancho's letters in relation to the writings of Sterne.