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(Dis)forming the American canon : African-Arabic slave narratives and the vernacular

Author: Ronald A T Judy
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Few critical studies have examined the African-American slave narratives that were written in Arabic, and none of these has seized the occasion to reconsider the problems of translation and canon formation, the relationship between literacy and reason, and the relation of Western Enlightenment reason to Arabic texts. Ronald A.T. Judy offers an alternative interpretation of literacy that challenges the claim of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald A T Judy
ISBN: 0816620563 9780816620562 0816620571 9780816620579
OCLC Number: 27012288
Description: xxiii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Critique of Incorporation ----
Part I. Writing Being: The Slave Narrative as the Original Text. 2. Critique of American Enlightenment: The Problem with the Writing of Culture ---
3. Writing Culture in the Negro: Grammatology of Civil Society and Slavery ---
4. Critique of Genealogical Deduction: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and the (Dis)Formation of Canon Formation ----
Part II. The Indeterminate Narrative of the African American Slave: A Negative History of Making Time in Arabic. 5. Africa as a Paralogism: The Task of the Ethnologists ---
6. Designating Ben Ali's Manuscript Arabic ---
7. Reading the Sign's Indeterminate Corpora ---
8. Critique of Hypotyposis: The Inhuman Significance of Ben Ali's Diary ----
Epilogue Thought After: Thinking Heterography.
Other Titles: Disforming the American canon
Responsibility: Ronald A.T. Judy ; foreword by Wahneema Lubiano.

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