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Kerry Sinanan

Kerry Sinanan received her Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003. She has taught at several universities in the UK and Ireland including the University of the West of England, and the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is now completing her monograph, Myths of Mastery: Traders, Planters and Colonial Agents 1750–1833 for the University of North Carolina Press. This book examines the writings in various genres by slave traders and slave owners from the mid-eighteenth century up to British emancipation (1834). It analyses enslavers’ attempts to construct an identity or self in their texts as they draw on a range of literary genres and contemporaneous discourses, tracing their self-justification as they made a living within the violence of slavery. Myths of Mastery situates itself within the related areas of eighteenth-century studies and critical race theory to focus specifically on the articulation of mastery and selfhood within a range of writings produced by British enslavers. In 2010 she co-edited the volume Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity with Tim Milnes (Palgrave Macmillan), and is currently working on another edited collection on Jane Austen.


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As part of this ongoing series on Teaching Romanticism we will consider the ways in which we lecture on and discuss individual authors, whether during author-specific modules or broader period surveys. I thought it would … Continue reading

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