Mary Seacole Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Alexander, Ziggi and Audrey Dewjee. Introduction to Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, pp. 9-45. Bristol, England: Falling Wall Press, 1984.

Provides a lengthy biographical overview of Seacole's life with an emphasis on her influences and writings.


Andrews, William L. Introduction to Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, pp. xxvii-xxxiv. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

While providing biographical background to Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, compares the autobiographies of Mary Seacole and Mary Prince, a contemporary free black woman in Jamaica.

Cooper, Helen M. “England: The Imagined Community of Aurora Leigh and Mrs. Seacole.” Studies in Browning and His Circle 20 (1993): 123-30.

Compares and contrasts Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Seacole, the former a daughter of a Jamaican slave owner, the latter a free-born Jamaican mulatto. Both authors, although divided by class and race, depicted Victorian England in strikingly similar ways.

Craig, Christine. “Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands: Autobiography as Literary Genre and a Window to Character.” Caribbean Quarterly 30, no. 2 (1987): 33-46.

Discusses the autobiographical elements of Wonderful Adventures and evaluates the significance of Seacole as a Jamaican author.

Gikandi, Simon. “Imperial Femininity: Reading Gender in the Culture of Colonialism: Mary Seacole: In and Out of Englishness.” In Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism, pp. 125-43. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

Uses Mary Seacole as a case study to probe how female authors depict themselves as colonial subjects.

Smith, Faith L. “Coming Home to the Real Thing.” South Atlantic Quarterly 93, no. 4 (fall 1994): 895-923.

By examining several black women writers, including Mary Seacole, discusses the relationship between black literature and traditional Anglo-Saxon male literature.

Additional coverage of Seacole's life and career is contained in the following source published by Thomson Gale: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 166; and Literature Resource Center.