Colleen O'Brien Announces Manuscript Publication

October 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

The University of Virginia Press editorial board has approved the publication of Colleen O’Brien’s book manuscript, Race, Romance, and Rebellion in Nineteenth Century America. According to O’Brien, the book illustrates how transatlantic print culture consistently flashed back to reports of the Haitian revolution (1791-1804), particularly in moments of domestic controversy over race, gender, and rights.

“The images of violent slave insurrection repeatedly coincide with stories of interracial romance, both in cautionary tales that depict the revolution as a gothic nightmare and in reform literature that idealizes and romanticizes race relations,” says O’Brien.

The book will be part of a series from UVA Press called New World Studies, which focuses on interdisciplinary research that seeks to redefine the cultural map of the Americas and to propose particularly stimulating points of departure for an emerging field. Encompassing the Caribbean as well as continental North, Central, and South America, the series books examine cultural processes within the hemisphere, taking into account the economic, demographic, and historical phenomena that shape them.”

O’Brien is a professor of English at USC Upstate.