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The Slave's narrative

Author: Charles T Davis; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
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The autobiographical narratives of black ex-slaves published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries constitute the largest body of literature produced by slaves in human history. Black slaves in the New World created a veritable "literature of escape" depicting the overwhelming horrors of human bondage. These narratives served the abolitionist movement not only as evidence of the slaves' degradation but also of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Slave's narrative.
Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1985
(OCoLC)559234708
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles T Davis; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
ISBN: 0195032764 9780195032765 0195032772 9780195032772 0195066561 9780195066562
OCLC Number: 9324917
Description: xxxiv, 342 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Language of Slavery --
Written by Themselves: Views and Reviews, 1750-1861 --
The Life of Job Ben Solomon --
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African; Written by Himself --
The Life and Adventures of a Fugitive Slave --
Narrative of James Williams --
The Narrative of Juan Manzano --
Narratives of Fugitive Slaves / Ephraim Peabody --
Life of Henry Bibb --
The Life and Bondage of Frederick Douglass --
Kidnapped and Ransomed --
Linda: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself --
The Slave Narratives as History --
On Dialect Usage / Sterling A. Brown --
The Art and Science of Reading WPA Slave Narratives / Paul D. Escott --
History from Slave Sources / C. Vann Woodward --
Charles Chesnutt and the WPA Narratives: The Oral and Literate Roots of Afro-American Literature / John Edgar Wideman --
Using the Testimony of Ex-Slaves: Approaches and Problems / John W. Blassingame --
Plantation Factories and the Slave Work Ethic / Gerald Jaynes --
The Making of a Fugitive Slave Narrative: Josiah Henson and Uncle Tom--A Case Study / Robin W. Winks --
The Slave Narratives as Literature --
"I Was Born": Slave Narratives, Their Status as Autobiography and as Literature / James Olney --
Three West African Writers of the 1780s / Paul Edwards --
Crushed Geraniums: Juan Francisco Manzano and the Language of Slavery / Susan Willis --
I Rose and Found My Voice: Narration, Authentication, and Authorial Control in Four Slave Narratives / Robert Burns Stepto --
Autobiographical acts and the voice of the southern slave / Houston A. Baker Jr. --
Text and contexts of Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the life of a slave girl : written by herself / Jean Fagan Yellin --
The slave narrators and the picaresque mode : archetypes for modern black personae / Charles H. Nichols --
Singing swords : the literary legacy of slavery / Melvin Dixon.
Responsibility: [edited by] Charles T. Davis and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Abstract:

The autobiographical narratives of black ex-slaves published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries constitute the largest body of literature produced by slaves in human history. Black slaves in the New World created a veritable "literature of escape" depicting the overwhelming horrors of human bondage. These narratives served the abolitionist movement not only as evidence of the slaves' degradation but also of their "intellectual capacity." Accordingly, this literature has elicited a wealth of analysis- and controversy- from its initial publication right up to our day. This volume charts the response to the black slave's narrative from 1750 to the present. The book consists of three sections: selected reviews of slave narratives, dating from 1750 to 1861; essays examining how such narratives serve as historical material; and essays exploring the narratives as literary artifacts.

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