Nineteenth-Century Abolitionist Literature of Cuba and Brazil Criticism: Origins And Development - Essay

Raymond S. Sayers (essay date 1956)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Sayers, Raymond S. “The Negro Theme in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century.” In The Negro in Brazilian Literature, pp. 65-72. New York: Hispanic Institute in the United States, 1956.

[In the following excerpt, Sayers discusses antislavery sentiment in Brazilian literature in the first half of the nineteenth century, finding that this theme was most commonly found in newspapers and periodicals that generally criticized the slave trade more than the institution of slavery itself.]


Attacks on slavery on humanitarian or moral grounds continued in France and England during the second half of the...

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William Luis (essay date January 1981)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Luis, William. “The Antislavery Novel and the Concept of Modernity.” Cuban Studies 11, no. 1 (January 1981): 33-47.

[In the following excerpt, Luis argues that Cuba's nineteenth-century abolitionist literature grew out of the evolution from Romanticism toward Realism and was also a response to the increasingly harsh treatment of slaves as the island's black population grew larger than the white population.]

As a politico-literary process, the antislavery novel developed in the first half of the nineteenth century at the request of Domingo del Monte, who was perhaps the most important and influential critic of his time.1 A belated Neo-classicist,...

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William Luis (essay date 1990)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Luis, William. “Fiction and Fact: The Antislavery Narrative and Blacks as Counter-Discourse in Cuban History.” In Literary Bondage: Slavery in Cuban Narrative, pp. 1-17. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990.

[In the following excerpt, Luis discusses the historical and social conditions in Cuba that made the condemnation of the slave trade and slavery itself a growing concern in nineteenth-century Cuban literature.]


Antislavery narrative refers to a group of works written mainly during the 1830s, an incipient and prolific moment in Cuban literature. They include ex-slave Juan Francisco Manzano's Autobiografía...

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