The Cambridge Companion to the African American Slave Narrative
Cambridge University Press, May 31, 2007 - Literary Criticism
The slave narrative has become a crucial genre within African American literary studies and an invaluable record of the experience and history of slavery in the United States. This Companion examines the slave narrative's relation to British and American abolitionism, Anglo-American literary traditions such as autobiography and sentimental literature, and the larger African American literary tradition. Special attention is paid to leading exponents of the genre such as Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, as well as many other, less well known examples. Further essays explore the rediscovery of the slave narrative and its subsequent critical reception, as well as the uses to which the genre is put by modern authors such as Toni Morrison. With its chronology and guide to further reading, the Companion provides both an easy entry point for students new to the subject and comprehensive coverage and original insights for scholars in the field.
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1845 Narrative abolition abolitionism abolitionist African American American Slave antebellum antislavery authenticity authors Black American literature Bondage captivity narrative century Christian conﬂict culture deﬁned despite difﬁcult Douglass’s Narrative early Black American edition Ellen enslaved escape ex-slaves example experience fact father ﬁction ﬁctional ﬁght ﬁgure ﬁnd ﬁrst former slaves Franklin Frederick Douglass freedom Fugitive Slave Garrison genre Harriet Jacobs Henry Bibb identity inﬂuence Interesting Narrative Iola Leroy Jacobs’s Incidents Jean Fagan John literary master moral narrators Negro North Northup Olaudah Equiano one’s Picquet plantation political proslavery published race racial rative readers reﬂect religious represent rhetorical sentimental novels sexual signiﬁcant Slave Girl slave narrative slave women slaveholders slavery slavery’s Smith speciﬁc spiritual autobiography story Stowe tell tion tive tradition Truth Uncle Tom’s Cabin Vassa Venture Smith voice W. E. B. Du Bois white abolitionists William Wells Brown woman writing written Yellin York