“Michael J. Drexler’s splendidly documented, richly contextualized edition of Leonora Sansay’s Secret History and Laura is indispensable to anyone studying the. The opening sentence of Leonora Sansay’s epistolary novel, Secret History: during the early years of the Haitian Revolution.1 As a “secret history,” the novel. In this splendid edition, Michael Drexler republishes two strange and important narratives by the Philadelphia-based author Leonora Sansay. The first, Secret.

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Domingo Laura Appendix A: Moreover, as Mary and Clara query the differences between Caribbean and US women’s romantic lives, they grasp the arbitrary nature of gender power and histoty performance.

Sansay’s seemingly out of Indeed, while both narratives decret far more scholarly attention than they yet have received, the relative neglect of Secret Historyin particular, in the two centuries since its publication, is as worthy of remark as the text itself.

As Colin Dayan first observed, one of the signal achievements of the narrative is to make visible the tight interconnectedness within a Caribbean slave society between social and sexual rivalry in the so-called domestic sphere and the more visible and public conflict for military and political control Haiti, History, and the GodsBerkeley, CA, Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist. Subscribe To Our Newsletter Name.

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Retrieved from ” https: Zelica, the Creole and The Scarlet Handkerchief Domingo and Laura Written by: Michael Drexler Publication Date: To the destiny of the women of colour no infamy is attached. Edited by Michael Drexler. Compared to French metropolitan male observers who, by and large, demonize mulatto women, Mary marvels at mixed race women’s wider range of social, sexual, and economic freedoms.

June 11, ISBN: Leonora returned to Louis and the couple embarked for Haiti in late May or early June. Views Read Edit View history. What Mary describes here and throughout her letters is that even as mulatto and white Creole women compete with one another, the romantic relationships they form with white men are quite distinct.

In these letters, Louis asked that, “considering the affection and the attachment that you always have attested for [Leonora]”, Burr would “employ yourself for us Drexler’s edition of Secret History and Laura, pp.

After departing Haiti, Leonora and Louis lived for a time in Cuba. Students at a variety of levels will learn much from this edition. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

They describe the final days of French rule on the island. Articles created via the Article Wizard. Sansay makes periodic appearances in Burr’s correspondence, though the vast majority of these letters have been lost. Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America.

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Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura

Many of them are extremely beautiful; and, being secrret from their birth to a life of pleasure, they are taught to heighten the power of their charms by all the aids of art. More references are in M. In earlyLouis Sansay made plans to return to Haiti to reclaim his property.

Contact Contact Us Help. I have taught the edition with good success to classes of advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

The republication of these works will contribute to a significant sahsay of thinking about early American literary history.

While this attention to romance may strike some readers as a distraction from the real business of describing “the horrors” of economic, political, and racial turmoil in early nineteenth-century Saint-Domingue, Mary and Clara’s focus on women’s sexual lives is, I would argue, precisely what makes this text worth studying.

Studies in American Fiction. Finally, on April 2, Louis wrote Burr with “horrible anxiety” about Leonora, saying it had been nine days and he had received only one letter from her, claiming he feared she was ill, but contradicting himself by charging her with “flightineses and fickleness” and claiming “I tremble that her intention is to sansaj me.

Journal of the Early Republic. Broadview’s ebooks run snsay the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform. In this splendid edition, Michael Drexler republishes two strange and important narratives by the Philadelphia-based author Leonora Sansay. On Valentine’s Dayher mother married a Philadelphia innkeeper named William Hassel sometimes Hassal ; Sansay’s stepfather maintained Hassal’s Tavern or The Half Moon — a generic name for an English pubwhich was located across from the State House Independence Hallwhere local politicians and members of Congress often met informally.

D’Auvergne” in Burr’s “Private Journal” at: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Domingo I believe the Cape in a few Days — She is the Lady of whom you may have heard me speak under the Name of Leonora, married about two years ago to Mr. Where white Creole women marry for long-term legal and economic security, Mary notes that mulatto women pursue a different “destiny.