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This talk profiles Vol’noe obshchestvo [Free Society], an abolitionist literary society that formed in late 18th-century Russia.Vol’noe obshchestvo produced essays, plays, and short stories that condemned serfdom and the Atlantic slave trade, often using the latter to surreptitiously critique the worst ills of the former. Special attention will also be paid to the specificities of the Russian language in shaping Vol’noe obshchestvo’s unique contributions to global anti-slavery discourses.

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