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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The system of slavery , in the view of most slave narrators , demands that the bondsman be thought of and think of himself as an “ outsider , inhabiting a state permanently outside the social structure , ” yet regulated by it and ...
In the cracks and crevices of the social hierarchy , the interstitial figure creates his own fluid status and unlikely freedom . On the boundaries of behavior , he reveals to us what Martin Heidegger meant when he said that “ boundary ...
External or social reality in the work of these writers was not confined to the oppressive , often sordid brute facts of slavery and racism , though this was an area of black experience about which Jacobs and Douglass spoke with ...
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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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