By Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda

By Catherine Davies


Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5706-9
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £10.99
  • Published Date: May 2001
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Caribbean & Latin American, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century, Anthologies: general, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Relating to Latin / Hispanic American people
  • Series: Hispanic Texts


This tale of a slave's unrequited love for the woman who owns him is set in nineteenth-century colonial Cuba and was the only feminist-abolitionist novel published during the century in Spain or its colonies. This unique text raises important issues concerning power, race, gender and class in colonial societies, colonial and post-colonial subjectivity and identities, feminist appropriations of the abolitionist agenda, human rights discourse, and literary and philosophical issues associated with enlightenment thought. This new annotated critical edition is the first to provide the original Spanish text along with a substantial and authoritative introduction in English, as well as maps and tables relating to nineteenth-century Cuba, a vocabulary list, and suggestions for further reading.


1. Introduction
2. Sab
3. Appendices
i. Map and figures
ii. Life and works of Gomes de Avellaneda
iii. A description of Puerto Principe, 1840
iv. 'El cantico del esclavo'
Temas de discusion; Temas de debate
Selected vocabulary


Catherine Davies is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Manchester

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