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December 2, 2010

College of Arts & Sciences Dean contributes to recent book

ULM's Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences recently contributed an essay for the new book, Romanticism and Pleasure, edited by Thomas Schmidt and Michelle Faubert.

Dr. Jeffrey Cass contributed the essay, "'Taking a Trip Into China': The Uneasy Pleasures of Colonialist Space in Mansfield Park," for the book published by Palgrave Macmillan.

"The essay concerns the central heroine, Fanny Price, who, in my view, embodies the problematic relationship between colonialism and pleasure," explained Cass. "Colonizers take pleasure in their territorial acquisitions, even as they justify doing so with the seriousness of business and management arguments."

Cass said the central heroine threatens to expose the contradictions of imperial control and acquisition at the same time that she benefits from, takes pleasure in, and supports the colonization of contested space.

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