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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Nor did these narrators always apologize for these breaches or use them as pretexts for grand reversals of character at ... When we find a gap in a slave narrator's objective reportage of the facts of slavery , or a lapse in his ...
The slave narrator reveals plantation scenes like a window from which the shade has finally been drawn . For his story to be taken seriously as something approaching reality , he must become transparent , unsubstantial .
In making declaratives , a slave narrator becomes a godlike authority over the world of his text and seeks to extend his ... Like Emerson's Poet , the great slave narrators are “ namers ” who realize that “ words are also actions ...
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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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