Witnessing Slavery : The Development of Ante-Bellum Slave Narratives

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Frances Foster's classic study of pre-Civil War American slave autobiography is now issued in an accessible paperback edition. The first book to represent these slave narratives as literary in the complete sense of the word, and the first study to call attention to the significance of gender in the narratives, Witnessing Slavery will be welcomed by both general readers and students of the American south, slavery, the Civil War, and race issues.

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Overview

Frances Foster's classic study of pre-Civil War American slave autobiography is now issued in an accessible paperback edition. The first book to represent these slave narratives as literary in the complete sense of the word, and the first study to call attention to the significance of gender in the narratives, Witnessing Slavery will be welcomed by both general readers and students of the American south, slavery, the Civil War, and race issues.

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“Foster's able literary study could help both the scholar and the non-academic reader approach these works with their eyes open”—Charles B. Dew, Florida Historical Quarterly

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**** New edition of the Greenwood Press original of 1979 (which is cited in BCL3), with a new introduction, chapter, and a supplementary bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Frances Smith Foster is professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of many books and articles on African American history and issues.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Second Edition
"In Respect to Females...": Differences in the Portrayals of Women by Male and Female Narrators
1 Slave Narratives and Their Cultural Matrix 3
2 Blacks in Colonial Literature 24
3 The Development of Slave Narratives 44
4 Social and Literary Influences upon Ante-bellum Slave Narratives 62
5 The Plot of Ante-bellum Slave Narratives 82
6 Racial Myths in Slave Narratives 127
7 Post-bellum Influence 142
Notes 155
Selected Bibliography 167
Supplementary Bibliography, 1979-1992 177
Index 189
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