We wear the mask : African Americans write American literature, 1760-1870 (Book, 1997) [WorldCat.org]
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We wear the mask : African Americans write American literature, 1760-1870

Author: Rafia Zafar
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From America's revolutionary period to the Civil War and Reconstruction, African Americans contributed important works to the country's blossoming literary canon. Written in a variety of genres, from neoclassical poetry to sentimental fiction, their work represented a desire to bridge the racial divide and to "write themselves into acceptance." Striving for an integrated audience, they recounted experiences and
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rafia Zafar
ISBN: 0231080948 9780231080941 0231080956 9780231080958
OCLC Number: 36159536
Description: xi, 249 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: of masks, mimicry, and invisibility --
Sable patriots and modern Egyptians: Phillis Wheatley, Joel Barlow, and Ann Eliza Bleecker --
Capturing the captivity: African Americans among the Puritans --
Enslaving the saved: the narratives of Henry Bibb and William Wells Brown --
"It is natural to believe in great men." --
The blackwoman in the attic --
Dressing up and dressing down: Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the scenes at the White House and Eliza Potter's A hairdresser's experience in high life --
Conclusion: the beginning of African American literature.
Responsibility: Rafia Zafar.

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From America's revolutionary period to the Civil War and Reconstruction, this text uncovers the strategies black writers used to create an African American identity and to make their visions and  Read more...

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Not to be missed: From Phillis Wheatley to the works of other forerunners of modern black authors, this book traces an unusual history of pioneering black literary achievers. The MidWest Book Review Read more...

 
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