112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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English Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century III: Commodifying Tea, Coffee, and Slaves

Session Chair: 
Lora Geriguis, La Sierra University
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 7


  1. Elizabeth Lyman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    18th century tea-tables were called “the utter destruction of all economy.” Drawing on published and unpublished play manuscripts from the Huntington Library’s Larpent Collection, and on museum holdings and research in decorative arts, my paper considers the qualities, origins, and costs of 18th century tea and its luxurious material “implements.”  
  2. Victoria Barnett-Woods, George Washington University
    This paper explores the links between the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the importation of luxury consumption items like sugar, coffee and chocolate, and the rise of the English coffeehouse (and the public sphere) in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. 
  3. Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey, Washington State University Tri-Cities
    Although sympathy led to significant changes in punishment practices within Europe during the long eighteenth century, gruesome penalties continued to be employed against the enslaved in British colonies. Slaves resisted their masters through stoic silence, thus denying the power of the colonizers on their bodies. British masters, however, read these silent sufferings as proof of the slaves’ inability to feel pain, which they in turn interpreted as a sign of inhumanity.
Session Cancelled: