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The Sea Cook's Wife: Evocations of Slavery in Treasure Island


This article argues that Treasure Island, through oblique allusions to people and places associated with transatlantic slavery, calls into question the moral probity of its English protagonists. Read alongside Stevenson and Henley's anti-slavery melodrama Admiral Guinea and Melville's Benito Cereno, Treasure Island appears as both imperial romance and anti-imperial critique.