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Slavery and the Literary Imagination
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Publication date October 1, 1989
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780801839481
ISBN-10 0801839483
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $27.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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9780801839481 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $27.00
About: 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.

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