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Royall Tyler’s The Algerine CaptiveAmerica, and the Blind Man of Philosophy Matthew Pangborn bio Royall Tyler’s early-republic barbary-hostage tale, The Algerine Captiveowns the distinction of being one of America’s first novels and one of its least effective abolitionist texts. The story of a white American’s enslavement by African pirates, based on historical events during the Washington presidency, Tyler’s narrative has challenged readers desiring to rescue a compelling indictment of slavery’s practice in the “Barbary states of America” from a satire that just as enthusiastically targets dueling, medical quackery, and classical education.
Hailed as the emergence of a “tough-minded realism” in the American imaginary and as proof the national character developed from sensibility, the novel has been criticized for its irreligion and its piety, for its didacticism as well as for its failure to sustain a “moral imperative.
The Algerine Captive appeared, after all, at a desperate time in American history. Fearing contagion from the French Revolution, [End Page 1] re-absorption into the British Empire, and scalping-parties from the natives, Americans also faced internal revolutions, such as the Whiskey Revolt and Shays’ Rebellion, which Tyler claimed to have played a role in ending Tanselle In the years leading up to and following the oppressive Alien and Sedition Acts ofthe American experiment seemed at any moment to come undone, especially along the growing fault-line of slavery.
It was in this divisive atmosphere that Barbary-captive narratives, whether factual or fictional like Tyler’sseized the public imagination like no other subject, supplying a badly needed political cohesion. Indeed, public outcry over Muslim raiders’ repeated snatching of American seamen led eventually to the Tripolitan expedition ofAmerica’s first war against terrorism and an event that catapulted it into the first ranks of global naval powers.
Tyler’s tale of a young man who grows up during the War of Independence only to become enslaved on Africa’s northern coast, published as the “true” story of one Updike Underhill, has been read quite rightly as trading on Americans’ aogerine for their countrymen’s distant sufferings.
Just exactly how early science’s techniques of “ocular demonstration” helped shape modern Anglophone society has been the subject of continuing fruitful exchanges between the history of science and literary studies. John Barrell has shown, for example, how the seventeenth-century drive for an “equal, wide survey” of England’s population resulted not merely in censuses or art conceived from a “prospect view,” but a ruling class that deemed this commanding cxptive its political birthright.
Likewise, Mary Poovey has traced the way in which the “surveillance system” of double-entry bookkeeping contributed to a British political economy in which an ethical or theological conception of truth and algerind slowly gave way to an episto-factual one, which subsequent histories have identified as inherently expansionist.
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