The Noble Slaves

Penelope Aubin


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Broadview Press Ltd
30 September 2023
ISBN: 9781554816231
222 pages

From the publisher

This is the first ever critical edition of Penelope Aubin's The Noble Slaves, a novel that shows women as both moral exemplars and independent adventurers in foreign lands. Its tales of seduction, imprisonment, and escape engage with contemporary debates about arbitrary authority and slavery-particularly in relation to the lives of women.

In one brief and fast-paced novel, Aubin brings together the aristocratic romance and the world of trade with the themes of empire and colonialism. Sometimes assessed as a pious conservative or a popular sensationalist, Aubin used fiction as a vehicle for addressing the deepest moral and political concerns of her time, and The Noble Slaves will allow new readers to understand her importance to the history of the novel.

The appendices to this Broadview Edition include contemporary fiction and historical documents on slavery, piracy, and Orientalism.