2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Mansfield Park and the Subtle Condemnation of Slavery


Samuel D. Andrzejewski
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

This paper analyzes Edward Said's claim in his book Culture and Imperialism that Austen, a member of the middle class in England, cannot possibly represent the suffering of the Antiguan people, as reflected in her novel, Mansfield Park. He further notes how Thomas Bertram's slave plantation is oddly necessary to the elegance of Mansfield Park, which is described in moral and aesthetic ways despite its true nature. While Said claims her position in society hinders her from properly representing the Antiguans, Austen's portrayal of English society brings attention to the atrocities of slavery committed by the oppressors.

Keywords: Mansfield Park, Jane Austen, Edward Said

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 303-2
Location: MG 1096
Time: 1:15

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