Neo-Slave Narratives: Studies in the Social Logic of a Literary Form

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Overview

NeoSlave Narratives is a study in the political, social, and cultural content of a given literary form—the novel of slavery cast as a first-person slave narrative. After discerning the social and historical factors surrounding the first appearance of that literary form in the 1960s, NeoSlave Narratives explores the complex relationship between nostalgia and critique, while asking how African American intellectuals at different points between 1976 and 1990 remember and use the site of slavery to represent the crucial cultural debates that arose during the sixties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195125337
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Race and American Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Master Texts and Slave Narratives: Race, Form, and Intertextuality in the Field of Cultural Production 3
2 Toward 1968: The Discourse in Formation 23
3 The Discourse Mobilized: The Debate over William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner 54
4 The Possession of Resistance: Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada 96
5 Meditations on Story: Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose 132
6 Serving the Form, Conserving the Order: Charles Johnson's Oxherding Tale 167
7 Revising the Form, Misserving the Order: Charles Johnson's Middle Passage 201
8 Conclusion 227
Notes 233
Index 277
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