In Search of Hannah Crafts: Critical Essays on the Bondwoman's Narrative

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Basic Civitas Books, Dec 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 480 pages
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Three years ago, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovered an unpublished manuscript, The Bondwoman's Narrative, By Hannah Crafts, A Fugitive Recently Escaped From North Carolina, which turned out to be the first novel by a female African-American slave ever found, and possibly the first novel written by a black women anywhere. The Bondwoman's Narrative was published in 2002. In Search of Hannah Crafts now brings together twenty-two authorities on African-American studies to examine such issues as authenticity, and the history and criticism of this unique novel, including Nina Baym, Jean Fagan Yellin, William Andrews, Lawrence Buell, Karen Sanchez-Eppler and Shelley Fisher-Fishkin.The Bondwoman's Narrative will take its place in the African-American canon, and In Search of Hannah Crafts is the book that scholars and students of African-American Studies, of women writers, and of slavery, need to have to understand this unprecedented historical and literary event.
 

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Contents

The Literary Marketplace
3
Hannah Craftss Art
16
j Hannah Craftss Sense of an Ending William Andrews
30
Hannah Crafts Novelist or How a Silent Observer Became
43
The Problem of Freedom in The Bondwomans Narrative John Stauffer
53
Hannah Craftss The Bondwomans Narrative
71
Hannah Craftss Rethinking
87
The Bondwomans Narrative and Uncle Toms Cabin Jean Fagan Yellin
106
Hannah Crafts s Visual Speculation and the Inner Life of Slavery
231
The Bondwomans Narrative
254
Race and Genealogical Haunting
276
In Search of an Author
303
The Case for Hannah Vincent Nina Baym
315
The Acquisition and Application
332
The Bondwoman and the Bureaucrat Thomas C Parramore
354
Jane Johnson Found But Is She Hannah Crafts? The Search
371

Hannah Crafts Rewrites the First
117
io Mrs Henrys Solemn Promise in Historical Perspective
129
Architecture Race
145
Godly Rebellion in The Bondwomans Narrative Bryan Siiuix
175
The Art of GhostWriting Memory Materiality
195
Hannah crafts PrisciUa Wali
213
Searching for Hannah Crafts Joe Nickell
406
An 1850s Account of Slave Life
419
Literary Blackface John Bloom National Review July 26 2002
431
Desperate Measures Ira Berlin Washington Post June 23 2002
439
Index
447
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities, chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. Hollis Robbins, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, received a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is author of Flushing Away Sentiment: Water Politics in Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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