“Michael J. Drexler’s splendidly documented, richly contextualized edition of Leonora Sansay’s Secret History and Laura is indispensable to anyone studying the. The opening sentence of Leonora Sansay’s epistolary novel, Secret History: during the early years of the Haitian Revolution.1 As a “secret history,” the novel. In this splendid edition, Michael Drexler republishes two strange and important narratives by the Philadelphia-based author Leonora Sansay. The first, Secret.
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Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura
Furthermore, these comparisons enable Sansay to question the myriad limitations women face as they adhere to these romantic scripts. Both compete for white men’s affections as well as the prestige, wealth, and consumer goods that such relationships bring.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Davis Memoirs of AB: Zelica, the Creole and The Scarlet Handkerchief This edition places issues of Atlantic race slavery, republican revolution, colonialism, keonora gender relations squarely at the center of early American literature and culture and makes readily available texts that will become required reading in the fields of Atlantic and early American studies.
While recent criticism has debated the appropriate generic label for Sansay’s extraordinarily slippery text as well as its place within the archive of materials on the Haitian Revolution, there has been relatively little work contextualizing Sansay’s comparative assessments of various classes of women in Saint-Domingue.
Contact Contact Us Help. Some scholars believe Burr and Sansay were lovers, but this is contested by Van Bergen.
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Holy Experiment that Sansay was “mysterious and will remain mysterious,” adding “Discreet historians have abandoned her in despair on the principles that if you ignore something it won’t bite you” p.
Leonora returned to Louis and the couple embarked for Haiti in late May or early June. To put sdcret simply, they discover the profound truth that there is more than one way to be a woman.
Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration sansaay libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Domingo the primary narrator, Mary, observes in a letter to Aaron Burr: Incidentally, it was Mary who has often been mistakenly credited with the authorship of Secret History and Laura the mistake derives from the name of the author-character of Secret History, also named Mary.
Views Read Edit View history. Sansay makes periodic appearances in Burr’s correspondence, though the vast majority of these letters have been lost. Drexler’s edition of Secret History and Laura, pp.
Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura – Broadview Press
Burr leinora to play an important role in Sansay’s life until she disappeared from the historical record. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. The reprinting of Leonora Sansay’s Secret History testifies to an increasing critical interest in early American prose fiction’s generic complexities; it also marks a wider scope for the study of early American literature.
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D’Auvergne” in Burr’s “Private Journal” at: He goes on to argue that the complex itinerary of the narrative—which pursues its female protagonists from Philadelphia to Saint Domingue, Cuba, and Jamaica and back to Philadelphia—must be integral to any reading. While this attention to romance may strike some readers as a distraction from the real business of describing “the horrors” of economic, political, and racial turmoil in early nineteenth-century Saint-Domingue, Mary and Clara’s focus on women’s sexual lives is, I would argue, precisely what makes this text worth studying.
He sent Leonora to visit Burr in Washington to obtain letters of recommendation and a passport for Louis. To the destiny of the women of colour no infamy is attached. Van Horne and Lee W. Finally, as an author, Sansay revolutionizes our expectations about the shapes of women’s stories and how those stories, in turn, shape women’s lives. In these letters, Louis asked that, “considering the affection and the attachment that you always have attested for [Leonora]”, Burr would “employ yourself for us The flyleaf for “Zelica, the Crole” advertises the author’s other works as follows: They describe the final days of French rule on the island.
Domingo Laura Appendix A: Michael Drexler Publication Date: It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died there.
Many of them are extremely beautiful; and, being destined from their birth to a life of pleasure, they are taught to heighten the power of their charms by all the aids of art. Madame Sansay will sail with her husband for St.
In earlyLouis Sansay made plans to return to Haiti to reclaim his property. Burr shared her letters with Jeremy Bentham while in exile in Europe after his acquittal.