ISBN-10:
0231080948
ISBN-13:
9780231080941
Pub. Date:
11/06/1997
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870

We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870

by Rafia Zafar

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Overview

Uncovers the strategies early African American writers used both to create an African American identity and to make their visions and stories accessible to white readers. Alongside these pioneers of black American literature Zafar juxtaposes some familiar European American Writers. Beginning with Phillis Wheatley's implicit engagements with other colonial era poets, and ending with the ultimately tragic success story of Elizabeth Keckley, ex-slave, seamstress, and confidante to a First Lady, black authors employed virtually every dominant literary genre while cannily manipulating the nature of their presence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231080941
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/06/1997
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rafia Zafar is professor of English and African and African American Studies,Washington Univerisity in St. Louis.

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