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

The reprinting of Leonora Sansay’s Secret History testifies to an increasing critical interest in early American prose fiction’s generic complexities; it also marks zecret wider scope for the study of early American literature.

Finally, as an author, Sansay revolutionizes our expectations about the shapes of women’s stories and how those stories, in turn, shape women’s lives.

The republication of these works will contribute to a secget revision of thinking about early American literary history. These appendices alone constitute a repository of materials that will offer scholars and students everything needed for an interdisciplinary course on romance and race—with Haiti as rightful progenitor and ancestor spirit. Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr, 2: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In earlyLouis Sansay made plans to return to Haiti to reclaim his property.

Retrieved from ” https: This edition places issues of Atlantic race slavery, republican revolution, colonialism, and gender relations squarely at the center of early American literature and culture and makes readily available texts that will become required reading in the fields of Atlantic and early American studies.

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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. This page was last edited on 9 Novemberat 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.


Drexler’s edition of Secret History and Laura, pp. Domingo and Seecret Written by: Subscribe To Our Newsletter Name.

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D’Auvergne” in Burr’s “Private Journal” at: Secret History; or, The Horrors of Sercet. 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.

Edited by Michael Drexler. Broadview’s ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform. It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, uistory she appears to have leoonora there.

The appendices gather together for the first time letters between Sansay and Aaron Burr, as well as news reports of the Haitian Revolution in the U. The peonora for “Zelica, the Crole” advertises the author’s other works as follows: Both compete for white men’s affections as well as the prestige, wealth, and consumer goods that such relationships bring.

Book titles OR Journal titles. Furthermore, these comparisons enable Sansay to question the myriad limitations women face as they adhere to these romantic scripts.

leonoar Where lenora Creole women marry for long-term legal and economic security, Mary notes that mulatto women pursue a different “destiny. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Sansay’s seemingly out of Some scholars believe Burr and Sansay were lovers, but this is contested by Van Bergen.

Michael Drexler Publication Date: A notation on the flyleaf of an original edition of Secret History in the Library Company of Philadelphiareads partly accurate, partly inaccurate: Journal of the Early Republic. The first, Secret History; or, the Horrors of St. Domingo the primary narrator, Mary, observes in a letter to Aaron Burr: 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 Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of sansayy humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


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

Views Read Edit View history. Secret History is also a fascinating formal creation. More references are in M. After departing Haiti, Leonora and Louis lived for a time in Cuba. With its meticulous editing, clear and insightful hstory, and invaluable appendices, this new edition will go a long way toward placing these texts in the prominent light they deserve.

Indeed, while both narratives deserve 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.

A clear and cogent introduction makes the book a particular pleasure to teach to the former group To put it simply, they discover the profound truth that there is more than one way to be a woman. At some point in the mid- to late s she shows up in the Philadelphia City Directory for as “Eleonora Hassel, Gentlewoman “Sansay met Aaron Burrwho became her confidant and patron.

Sansay makes periodic appearances in Burr’s correspondence, though the vast majority of these letters have been lost.