By Sterling Lecater Bland Jr.
African American fugitive slave narratives are receiving growing amounts of attention for their literary and historical value. This book examines the techniques the slave narrative writers used to authorize and rhetorically create themselves in their writings. By examining such issues as voice and identity formation, the volume demonstrates how identity may be seen as a cultural fabrication. Former slave narrators used a series of masking and doubling techniques to address their experiences as African Americans. This book crosses the boundaries between literary criticism and historical study by examining the tensions between generic conventions and the impulses that created and reinforced them.
- Westport, CT
- American Prose Literature--African American Authors--History And Criticism
- Fugitive Slaves--United States--Biography--History And Criticism
- American Prose Literature--19th Century--History And Criticism
- American Fiction--African American Authors--History And Criticism
- Slaves' Writings, American--History And Criticism
- Self In Literature