Abolitionism | Critical Essay by Jerome Branche

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Abolitionism.
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Critical Essay by Jerome Branche

SOURCE: Branche, Jerome. “Ennobling Savagery? Sentimentalism and the Subaltern in Sab.Afro-Hispanic Review 17, no. 2 (fall 1998): 12-23.

In the following essay, Branche contests standard depictions of Avellaneda's Sab as a pioneering abolitionst/feminist novel, arguing that the novel's characters, plot, and themes betray the author's own deep-seated racism.

“Rock stone a' river bottom no know sun hot.”

Jamaican Saying.

Notwithstanding what seemed obvious to a contemporary reading of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda's first novel, Sab (1841)1 there is a preponderance of critical evaluations today, which with greater or lesser adamancy, proclaim it to be a discourse of liberation.2 Sab as liberation discourse is thereby read as a pioneering abolitionist novel,3 an early demonstration of modern feminism in literature,4 and an exemplary articulation of Enlightenment vindication of human liberty and equality.5

The trend in liberationist...

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