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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To speak of Afro - American autobiography as a kind of rhetorical discourse is to posit one basic heuristic principle for the study of the genre . The rhetoric of Afro - American autobiography , however , ought to be understood in the ...
In both the Anthony and the Hopkins passages , Douglass takes a " brute fact " ( linguistically and morally ) like the whipping of slaves and experiments with rhetorical contexts in which to turn that fact to his own expressive account ...
As we have seen , Douglass obviously understood some of the rhetorical means by which readers might be moved imaginatively to confront or distance themselves from the text . Yet he would not speak openly of the role of the black ...
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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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