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Counterfactual Romanticism$
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Damian Walford Davies

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991418

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526107077

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Piratical counterfactual, piratical counterfictional: from Misson to melodrama

Piratical counterfactual, piratical counterfictional: from Misson to melodrama

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(p.251) 9 Piratical counterfactual, piratical counterfictional: from Misson to melodrama
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Counterfactual Romanticism
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Manushag N. Powell

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526107077.00015

This chapter conceptualises the layered forms in which the figure of the pirate was entailed to the Romantic-period stage and novel, offering a case study in the multi-genre energies of counterfactual speculation and ‘counterfictional’ experimentation within the genre of pirate histories. The chapter reveals the process of adaptation and speculation-driven laminations of fact, fiction, counter-fact and counter-fiction that underlie the colourful – and genuinely historically and politically inquiring – ur-pirate history, A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates (1724–28), whose thought experiments explore (but ultimately contain and neutralise) a series of radical possibilities.

Keywords:   counterfactualism, counterfictionalism, John Cartwright Cross, pirate histories

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