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Voices of the Fugitives

Voices of the Fugitives


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About the Book

African American fugitive slave narratives are receiving growing amounts of attention for their literary and historical value. This book examines the techniques the slave narrative writers used to authorize and rhetorically create themselves in their writings. By examining such issues as voice and identity formation, the volume demonstrates how identity may be seen as a cultural fabrication. Former slave narrators used a series of masking and doubling techniques to address their experiences as African Americans. This book crosses the boundaries between literary criticism and historical study by examining the tensions between generic conventions and the impulses that created and reinforced them.

The introduction and opening chapter offer clear and accessible discussions of the social, political, cultural, and literary conditions influencing the slave narrative genre. Subsequent chapters are built on this theoretical framework and present close analytical readings of The Confessions of Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass's Narrative and My Bondage and My Freedom, Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, by William and Ellen Craft. The volume probingly traces the relationship between rhetorical self-creation and social ideology to show how that relationship was mediated within the fugitive slave narrative genre.


About the Author:

STERLING LECATER BLAND, JR. is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275967079
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 15 mm
  • Weight: 294 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275967077
  • Publisher Date: 30 Jul 2000
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 208
  • Series Title: Praeger Special Studies in U.S. Economic, Social, and Politi
  • Sub Title: Runaway Slave Stories and Their Fictions of Self-Creation
  • Width: 154 mm


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