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Slavery and the Literary Imagination

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Slavery and the Literary Imagination
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Seven noted scholars examine slave narratives and the topic of slavery in American literature, from Frederick Douglass's Narrative (1845)- treated in chapters by James Olney and William L. Andrews- to Sheley Anne William's "Dessa Rose" (1984). Among the contributors, Arnold Rampersad reads W.E.B. DuBois's classic work "The Souls of Black Folk" (1903) as a response to Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery" (1901). Hazel V. Carby examines novels of slavery and novels of sharecropping and questions the critical tendency to conflate the two, thereby also conflating the nineteenth century with the twentieth, the rural with the urban. Although works by Afro-American writers are the primary focus, the authors also examine antislavery novels by white women. Hortense J. Spillers gives extensive attention to Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin", in juxtaposition with Ishmael Reed's "Flight to Canada"; Carolyn L. Karcher reads Lydia Maria Child's "A Romance of the Republic" as an abolitionist vision of America's racial destiny. In a concluding chapter, Deborah E. McDowell's reading of "Desa Rose" reveals how slavery and freedom- dominant themes in nineteenth-century black literature- continue to command the attention of contemporary authors.
Release date NZ
August 1st, 1989
Contributors
Edited by Arnold Rampersad Edited by Deborah E. McDowell
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
No
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages
192
Dimensions
127x203x10
ISBN-13
9780801839481
Product ID
1824475

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