The Freedom To Remember / Edition 1

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"Angelyn Mitchell's extraordinary study is rich in detail and analysis, confidently mediating our ways of re-membering the narratives of slavery as well as the ways of women--as writer and as character--bearing courageous witness. The Freedom to Remember is scholarship at its very best and will surely be one of the essential books in critical and cultural studies." --Karla Holloway, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Duke University
The Freedom to Remember examines contemporary literary revisions of slavery in the United States by black women writers. Recent studies have investigated these works only from the standpoint of victimization. Angelyn Mitchell changes the conceptualization of these narratives, focusing on the theme of freedom, not slavery, defining these works as "liberatory narratives." Mitchell shows how the liberatory narrative functions to emancipate its readers from the legacies of slavery in American society by facilitating a deeper discussion of the issues and by making them new through illumination and interrogation.
Angelyn Mitchell is an associate professor of English at Georgetown University. She is the editor of Within the Circle: An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813530697
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Visions and Revisions of Slavery 1
Ch. 1 Harriet A. Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself: The Ur-Narrative of Black Womanhood 22
Ch. 2 Not Enough of the Past: Octavia E. Butler's Kindred 42
Ch. 3 History, Agency, and Subjectivity in Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose 64
Ch. 4 The Metaphysics of Black Female Identity in Toni Morrison's Beloved 86
Ch. 5 J. California Cooper's Family: Of (Absent?) Mothers, (Motherless?) Daughters, and (Interracial?) Relations 108
Ch. 6 The Economies of Bondage and Freedom in Lorene Cary's The Price of a Child 127
Epilogue: "Textual Healing" and the Liberatory Narrative 144
Notes 151
Works Cited 163
Index 171
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