Classic African American Women's Narratives / Edition 1

Classic African American Women's Narratives / Edition 1

by William L. Andrews
     
 


Classic African American Women's Narratives offers teachers, students, and general readers a one-volume collection of the most memorable and important prose written by African American women before 1865. The book reproduces the canon of African American women's fiction and autobiography during the slavery era in U.S. history. Each text in the volumeSee more details below

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Classic African American Women's Narratives offers teachers, students, and general readers a one-volume collection of the most memorable and important prose written by African American women before 1865. The book reproduces the canon of African American women's fiction and autobiography during the slavery era in U.S. history. Each text in the volume represents a "first." Maria Stewart's Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality (1831) was the first political tract authored by an African American woman. Jarena Lee's Life and Religious Experience (1836) was the first African American woman's spiritual autobiography. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1850) was the first slave narrative to focus on the experience of a female slave in the United States. Frances E. W. Harper's "The Two Offers" (1859) was the first short story published by an African American woman. Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig (1859) was the first novel written by an African American woman. Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) was the first autobiography authored by an African American woman. Charlotte Forten's "Life on the Sea Islands" (1864) was the first contribution by an African American woman to a major American literary magazine (the Atlantic Monthly). Complemented with an introduction by William L. Andrews, this is the only one-volume collection to gather the most important works of the first great era of African American women's writing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195141351
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
947,944
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Texts
1Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality, the Sure Foundation on Which We Must Build3
2The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee, A Coloured Lady, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel17
3Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a Northern Slave39
4"The Two Offers"127
5Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North141
6Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl199
7"Life on the Sea Islands"361

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