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The Slave's Narrative / Edition 1
     

The Slave's Narrative / Edition 1

by Charles T. Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
 

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ISBN-10: 0195066561

ISBN-13: 9780195066562

Pub. Date: 02/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

These autobiographies of Afro-American ex-slaves comprise the largest body of literature produced by slaves in human history. The book consists of three sections: selected reviews of slave narratives, dating from 1750 to 1861; essays examining how such narratives serve as historical material; and essays exploring the narratives as literary artifacts.

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These autobiographies of Afro-American ex-slaves comprise the largest body of literature produced by slaves in human history. The book consists of three sections: selected reviews of slave narratives, dating from 1750 to 1861; essays examining how such narratives serve as historical material; and essays exploring the narratives as literary artifacts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195066562
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
1740L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Language of Slaveryxi
1.Written by Themselves: Views and Reviews, 1750-1861
The Life of Job Ben Solomon4
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African; Written by Himself5
The Life and Adventures of a Fugitive Slave6
Narrative of James Williams8
The Narrative of Juan Manzano15
Narratives of Fugitive Slaves19
Life of Henry Bibb28
The Life and Bondage of Frederick Douglass30
Kidnapped and Ransomed31
Linda: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself32
2.The Slave Narratives as History
On Dialect Usage37
The Art and Science of Reading WPA Slave Narratives40
History from Slave Sources48
Charles Chesnutt and the WPA Narratives: The Oral and Literate Roots of Afro-American Literature59
Using the Testimony of Ex-Slaves: Approaches and Problems78
Plantation Factories and the Slave Work Ethic98
The Making of a Fugitive Slave Narrative: Josiah Henson and Uncle Tom--A Case Study112
3.The Slave Narratives as Literature
"I Was Born": Slave Narratives, Their Status as Autobiography and as Literature148
Three West African Writers of the 1780s175
Crushed Geraniums: Juan Francisco Manzano and the Language of Slavery199
I Rose and Found My Voice: Narration, Authentication, and Authorial Control in Four Slave Narratives225
Autobiographical Acts and the Voice of the Southern Slave242
Text and Contexts of Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself262
The Slave Narrators and the Picaresque Mode: Archetypes for Modern Black Personae283
Singing Swords: The Literary Legacy of Slavery298
Bibliography319
Index331

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