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the mid-seventeenth century was invaluable in showing how this unfamiliar terrain worked on the new arrivals, as well as how they thought about their black slaves and the region’s indigenous peoples. I later focused on contemporaneous accounts of the period provided both by professional historians and other observers. Particularly significant in understanding the planters’ perspective were The Letters and Diary of Pierre Dessalles, Planter of Martinique 1808–1856 (1996), Douglas Hall’s account of Thomas Thistlewood, In Miserable Slavery (1989) and Matthew Lewis

in Emancipation and the remaking of the British imperial world

, deeds reciting Sad to hear and sad to tell How, at Roncesvalles fighting, Charles choicest warriors fell60 Matthew Lewis is best known for his Gothic novel, The Monk, which was first published to great success in 1796. MORGAN 9781784993122 PRINT.indd 52 23/04/2018 15:53 ‘Rise Britons, rise now from your slumber’ 53 The combination of rhetorical question and imperative renders this a forceful and passionate poem intent on rousing the people to fight for freedom rather than a ‘glorious doom’. BRITONS, from this fatal slumber, Rouse, your country succour craves

in Ballads and songs of Peterloo
The Gothic body and the politics of décolletage

discern. These issues are dramatised most vividly in Matthew Lewis’s novel The Monk (1796). The controversy this novel occasioned on its publication was as much due to its perceived blasphemy, and the audacity with which Lewis flaunted his status as member of parliament on the title page, as to accusations of sexual immorality, but nevertheless Lewis was obliged to censor the more

in Fashioning Gothic bodies
Fashioning the self in Victorian Gothic

merchandising industry producing themed bonnets, cloaks, perfume and dances. 8 While this was not in itself a new practice – Matthew Lewis’s poem ‘Crazy Jane’ had started a fashion for a themed hat earlier in the century 9 – the difference was in scale, and in the reflection of this new interest in commodities in the fiction itself. Victorian Gothic fiction traces the complex paths between madness, self

in Fashioning Gothic bodies
Dandies, cross-dressers and freaks in late-Victorian Gothic

if not necessarily of dandyism proper. The association is also partly due to the genre’s perennial fascination with the Byronic hero. Both Byron and Matthew Lewis belonged to the ton Regency set, and Byron in particular, while more than simply a Clothes-Wearing Man in the manner of Brummell, was regarded by successors to be ‘on certain days’ a template for blasé dandiacal style. 26 While early

in Fashioning Gothic bodies