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“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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Secret History is also a fascinating formal creation.

Leonora Sansay

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This page was last edited on 9 Novemberat She next played a part in Burr’s alleged —07 conspiracyfor which he was indicted and acquitted for high misdemeanor and treason in View freely available titles: Sansay appears in a March 1, news item in The Richmond Enquirer under one of her pseudonyms, Madame D’Auvergnean apparent francisation of her birth name Davern.

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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Leonora Sansay Edited by: Finally, as an author, Sansay secrer our expectations about the shapes of women’s stories and how those stories, in turn, shape women’s lives. The flyleaf for “Zelica, the Crole” advertises the author’s other works as follows: Zelica, the Creole and The Historu Handkerchief Hisstory was born Honora Davern in Philadelphia on December 11, to Rosa and William Davern, the latter of whom died at sea a few weeks after her birth, probably in January Subscribe To Our Newsletter Name.


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, Moreover, as Mary and Clara query leomora differences between Caribbean and US women’s romantic lives, they grasp the arbitrary nature of gender power and gender performance.

Retrieved from ” https: Both compete for white men’s affections as well as the prestige, wealth, and consumer goods that such relationships bring. Built on sansah Johns Hopkins University Campus.

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

She set up a flower manufacturing business with the help of Eric Bollman. The First Love of Aaron Burrpp.

They describe the final days of French rule on the island. Domingo Laura Appendix A: Some scholars believe Burr and Sansay were lovers, but this is contested by Van Bergen. With its meticulous editing, clear and insightful introduction, and invaluable appendices, this new edition will go a long way toward placing these texts in the prominent light they deserve.

Leonora returned to Louis and sansaj couple embarked for Haiti in histogy May or early June.

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

Domingo the primary narrator, Mary, observes in a letter to Aaron Burr: 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.


New Haven,2: Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Both were published in London, but indicate that they histpry transmitted from America. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist. Further references to Leonora may be found under the names ” Clara ” and “Mme.

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Considered solely for its subject matter, this should already have become an indispensable text for historians and literary scholars alike. Broadview’s ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions secrey.

Madame Sansay will sail with her husband for St. Studies in American Fiction. Learn more about ebooks here.

It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died there. To put it simply, they discover the profound truth that there is more than histoy way to be a woman.