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"Collective Commerce and the Problem of Autobiography"
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (2013)
  • Andrew Kopec, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Abstract

This essay partakes in an ongoing conversation about the importance of economics to Olaudah Equiano's slave narrative. I argue that Equiano's text links the singular autobiographical subject to a future collective of Africans schooled in the protocols of international commerce. Equiano's text, I suggest, imagines this collective commerce as a solution to the evils of chattel slavery.

Publication Date
Winter 2013
Citation Information
Andrew Kopec. ""Collective Commerce and the Problem of Autobiography"" Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation Vol. 54 Iss. 4 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrewkopec/3/