Obi or the History of Threefingered Jack by William Earle


Obi or the History of Threefingered Jack by William Earle

A compelling fictional account of an eighteenth-century Jamaican slave rebellion, this previously unavailable novel is an important example of British Romantic anti-slavery literature.


This truly innovative edition of a compelling novel about eighteenth-century slave rebellions in Jamaica provides a valuable and necessary context for the complicated politics of obeah. Aravamudan's introduction attends to the ways in which obeah is an epistemological model competing with Enlightenment reason, and demonstrates with meticulous detail how it functions as a form of resistant cultural, political, religious, and medical knowledge. The appendices complement Aravamudan's frame for the novel, making this edition one that will appeal equally to general readers and scholars of post-colonial studies. -- Rajani Sudan, Southern Methodist University

About the Author

Srinivas Aravamudan teaches eighteenth-century literature and post-colonial studies at Duke University, where he is the director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (Duke University Press) and of Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language (Princeton University Press).

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200 pages


William Earle
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Publication date

15th July 2005



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