The Slave's Narrative

The Slave's Narrative

by Charles T. Davis
     
 

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.See more details below

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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.

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"An impressive collection."—The New York Times Book Review

"Excellent text for a sourcebook-course in origins of black literature. The inclusion of critical essays is a plus."—George Klawitter, Viterbo College

"A valuable reference for students who are doing papers on narrative tradition, autobiography, etc."—Fahamisha Patricia Brown, Boston College

"A valuable compilation of important historical documents that add greatly to our understanding of America's past and present."—Don Evans, Trenton State College

"Impressive and essential, this text remains one of the most authoritative scholarly collections on the subject."—Joycelyn Moody, University of Washington

"The most sophisticated and comprehensive book we have yet on the central issue facing students of nineteenth-century Afro-American literature: the question of how to analyze and evaluate the autobiographical tradition of the ex-slave."—Black American Literature Forum

"This attractive anthology has several excerpts that I have been unable to find in a brief collection suitable for a class. It will provide specific background for a Black literature or history course....I find it completely useful for a survey of African American literature."—David B. Merrell, Abilene Christian University

"An excellent tool for teachers of black history."—Darrell Millner, Portland State University

"Provides the reader with a sensitive explanation and analysis of the autobiographical narratives written or dictated by ex-slaves of African descent from 1750 to the twentieth century....This volume is a welcome addition to the constantly growing body of scholarly literature on the institution of slavery as it was seen from the slave's point of view."—Florida Historical Quarterly

"This collection is indispensable for historians and literary critics, as well as anyone interested in slavery and autobiography."—Bookletter/Southeast

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195032765
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/16/1985
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.23(d)

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