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Voices Of The Fugitives
     

Voices Of The Fugitives

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by Sterling Bland
 

African American fugitive slave narratives are receiving growing amounts of attention for their literary and historical value. This book examines the techniques the slave narrative writers used to authorize and rhetorically create themselves in their writings. By examining such issues as voice and identity formation, the volume demonstrates how identity may be seen

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African American fugitive slave narratives are receiving growing amounts of attention for their literary and historical value. This book examines the techniques the slave narrative writers used to authorize and rhetorically create themselves in their writings. By examining such issues as voice and identity formation, the volume demonstrates how identity may be seen as a cultural fabrication. Former slave narrators used a series of masking and doubling techniques to address their experiences as African Americans. This book crosses the boundaries between literary criticism and historical study by examining the tensions between generic conventions and the impulses that created and reinforced them.

The introduction and opening chapter offer clear and accessible discussions of the social, political, cultural, and literary conditions influencing the slave narrative genre. Subsequent chapters are built on this theoretical framework and present close analytical readings of The Confessions of Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass's Narrative and My Bondage and My Freedom, Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, by William and Ellen Craft. The volume probingly traces the relationship between rhetorical self-creation and social ideology to show how that relationship was mediated within the fugitive slave narrative genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313311697
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2000
Series:
Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies: Contemporary Black Poets Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

STERLING LECATER BLAND, JR. is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University.

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Voices of the Fugitives 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one heck of a read. Unlike the author's last name, this book is anything but 'Bland!' In fact it's a 'Sterling' work of scholarship and a much needed addition to the cannon. Boom! Right on target.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Bland has certainly done his homework! He brings the past to life! You feel like you are there! It sounds TERRIBLE!!! I would have liked to know more about family life, however.