Voices Of The Fugitives

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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. ...

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Overview

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.

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

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Table of Contents

Preface

Reading in the Breach

The Call: The Literary and Cultural Landscape

Let the World Dream Otherwise: The Literary Masks of Fugitive Slave Stories

Dismantling the Master's House: The Cultural Context

...and the Response: Speaking for Themselves

"Behold a Man Transformed": Sacred Language and the Secular Self in Frederick Douglass's Narrative

Authority, Power, and Determination of the Will: The Dilemma of Rhetorical Ownership in Frederick Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom and Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Ambiguity, Passing, and the Politics of Color: The Reconstruction of Race in William and Ellen Craft's Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom

Epilogue: Of Being and Nothingness: Caliban's Reprise

References

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    Voices of the Fugitives: Runaway Slave Stories and Their Fictions of Self-Creation

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2000

    Voices of the Fugitives: Runaway Slave Stories and Their Fictions of Self-Creation

    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.

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