Guest Blog: Writing Against Captivity: Phillis Wheatley

A timely post to the blog Interesting Literature. In the Comments section, Linker adds this insight: “Wheatley wrote during a period called the “Cult of Sensibility” that was especially important to anti-slavery movements in England and America in the late eighteenth century. The idea behind sensibility was to create empathy for the sufferer through vicarious, or shared feeling. In literary texts, this was achieved through the power of the imagination.” This is a good quote to have at the ready when someone asks what is the purpose of fiction.

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