Added: August 5, 2017 – Last updated: August 5, 2017


Author: Adam R. Beach

Title: Aubin’s The Noble Slaves, Montagu’s Spanish Lady, and English Feminist Writing about Sexual Slavery in the Ottoman World

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Journal: Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Volume: 29

Issue: 4

Year: Summer 2017

Pages: 563-582

ISSN: 0840-6286 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1911-0243 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century | African History: Algerian History; Asian History: Turkish History; European History: English History | Offenders: Slave Masters; Representations: Literary Texts / Penelope Aubin; Victims: Captivity, Slaves



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Author: Adam Beach, Department of English, Ball State University

Abstract: »This article analyzes Penelope Aubin’s popular novel The Noble Slaves (1722) alongside Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters (1763), particularly her letter “To the Countesse of ——” (May 1718), which depicts the enslavement of a Spanish “Lady.” By contrasting these two authors, I show the difficulty that feminist thinkers had in forging an Enlightenment appreciation for the Islamic world and a critique of Islamic slave institutions at the same time. The ways in which Aubin and Montagu deploy pro- and anti-Islamic sentiments in combination with varying levels of attention to the psycho-sexual trauma of female enslavement in the Ottoman world is emblematic of larger trends in the period. An understanding of this dynamic can help us to think more clearly about how we have inherited these tensions in our own scholarly work on feminism, slavery, and the English encounter with the Ottoman world.« (Source: Eighteenth-Century Fiction)


  Loving the Master: Montagu’s Spanish Lady, Sexual Torture, and the “Choice” of the Slave (p. 589)
  Aubin, the Stratagems of the Slave-master, and Sympathy for the Concubine (p. 597)

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of Algeria | History of Asia: History of Turkey / History of the Ottoman Empire | History of Europe: History of England / Georgian era | Literature: English literature / Augustan literature | 18th-century English writers: Penelope Aubin, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu