To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865
To Tell A Free Story traces in unprecedented detail the history of Black autobiography from the colonial era through Emancipation. Beginning with the 1760 narrative by Briton Hammond, William L. Andrews explores first-person public writings by Black Americans. Andrews includes but also goes beyond slave narratives to analyze spiritual biographies, criminal confessions, captivity stories, travel accounts, interviews, and memoirs. As he shows, Black writers continuously faced the fact that northern whites often refused to accept their stories and memories as sincere, and especially distrusted portraits of southern whites as inhuman. Black writers had to silence parts of their stories or rely on subversive methods to make facts tellable while contending with the sensibilities of the white editors, publishers, and readers they relied upon and hoped to reach.
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This kind of textual freedom may be read as apparent testimony to the extent to which the creator of the text has liberated himself from the authority of extratextual assumptions and conventions . Or it may be read as an index to the ...
At the same time that these men glorify an act of violating , of breaking out of , an imprisoning norm , namely , that of obedience to white authority , they come perilously close to endorsing yet another white authority prior to the ...
Douglass romanticized his defiance of authority throughout the Narrative as a way of building up his heroic image . In 1855 , however , he would depict himself often as a seeker of authority , though persistently betrayed by it ...
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Andrews describes and analyzes many autobiographies here, but his primary focus is on "slave narratives'' by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs (a.k.a. Linda Brent), and J. D. Green. He convincingly ... Consulter l'avis complet
Voices of the First Fifty Years 17601810
Experiments in Two Modes 181040
Green Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs
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