Deborah A. Thomas

Listed in: Literary Criticism · British Literature · Literary Studies




Slavery fascinated Thackeray. For him, the essence of slavery consisted of treating people like things. Thomas examines relationships in Thackeray’s fiction in which people have been reduced to objects and power is an end. These relationships include not only actual slaves and blacks, but also servants, dependents of all races, upper-class women sold into marriage, and children struggling to escape parental domination. Thomas also clarifies Thackeray’s view of black slavery.

“Thomas is thorough and clear in the presentation of her argument, basing it on close textual evidence and relating Thackeray’s attitudes to contemporary social and cultural contexts.”

Donald Hawes, Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography