Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: New Critical Essays / Edition 1

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Harriet Jacobs, today perhaps the single most read and studied Black American woman of the nineteenth century, has not until recently enjoyed sustained, scholarly analysis. This anthology presents a far-ranging compendium of literary and cultural scholarship that will take its place as the primary resource for students and teachers of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The contributors include both established Jacobs scholars and emerging critics; the essays take on a variety of subjects in Incidents, treating representation, gender, resistance, and spirituality from differing angles.

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Introduction: over-exposed, under-exposed: Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Rafia Zafar; 1. I disguised my hand: writing versions of the truth in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and John Jacobs's A True Tale of Slavery Jacqueline Goldsby; 2. Through her brother's eyes: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and A True Tale Jean Fagan Yellin; 3. Resisting Incidents Frances Smith Foster; 4. Manifest in signs: the politics of sex and representation in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl P. Gabrielle Foreman; 5. Earwitness: female abolitionism, sexuality and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Deborah M. Garfield; 6. Reading and redemption in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Sandra Gunning; 7. Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass and the slavery debate: bondage, family and the discourse of domesticity Donald Gibson; 8. Motherhood beyond the gate: Jacobs's epistemic challenge in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl John Ernest; 9. This poisonous system: social ills, bodily ills and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Mary Titus; 10. Carnival laughter: resistance in Incidents Anne Bradford Warner; 11. Harriet Jacobs, Henry Thoreau, and the character of disobedience Anita Goldman; 12. The tender of memory: restructuring value in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Stephanie A. Smith; Conclusion: vexed alliances: race and female collaborations in the life of Harriet Jacobs Deborah M. Garfield.

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