The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative

Hardcover | April 14, 2014

byJohn Ernest

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Given the rise of new interdisciplinary and methodological approaches to African American and Black Atlantic studies, The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative will offer a fresh, wide-ranging assessment of this major American literary genre. The volume will begin witharticles that consider the fundamental concerns of gender, sexuality, community, and the Christian ethos of suffering and redemption that are central to any understanding of slave narratives. The chapters that follow will interrogate the various agendas behind the production of both pre- andpost-Emancipation narratives and take up the various interpretive problems they pose. Strategic omissions and veiled gestures were often necessary in these life accounts as they revealed disturbing, too-painful truths, far beyond what white audiences were prepared to hear. While touching upon the familiar canonical autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, theHandbook will pay more attention to the under-studied narratives of Josiah Henson, Sojourner Truth, William Grimes, Henry Box Brown, and other often-overlooked accounts. In addition to the literary autobiographies of bondage, the volume will anatomize the powerful WPA recordings of interviews withformer slaves during the late 1930s. With essays on the genre's imaginative afterlife, its final essays will chart the emergence and development of neoslave narratives, most notably in Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner, Toni Morrisons's Beloved and Octavia Butler's provocative science fiction novel, Kindred. In short, theHandbook will provide a long-overdue assessment of the state of the genre and the vital scholarship that continues to grow around it, work that is offering some of the most provocative analysis emerging out of the literary studies discipline as a whole.

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Given the rise of new interdisciplinary and methodological approaches to African American and Black Atlantic studies, The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative will offer a fresh, wide-ranging assessment of this major American literary genre. The volume will begin witharticles that consider the fundamental concerns of...

John Ernest is Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature. He is the author of Resistance and Reformation in Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature and Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794-1861.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:April 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199731489

ISBN - 13:9780199731480

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John Ernest: IntroductionHistorical Fractures1. Mitch Kachun: Slave Narratives and Historical Memory2. Eric Gardner: Slave Narratives and Archival Research3. Dickson Bruce: Slave Narratives and Historical Understanding4. Jeannine DeLombard: Slave Narratives and U.S. Legal HistoryLayered Testimonies5. Marie Jenkins Schwartz: The WPA Narratives as Historical Sources6. Sharon Ann Musher: The Other Slave Narratives: the Works Progress Administration Interviews7. Elizabeth Regosin: Lost in the Archives: The Pension Bureau Files8. John Michael Vlach: The Witness of African American Folkways: The Landscape of Slave NarrativesTextual Bindings9. Teresa Goddu: Slave Narratives as Texts10. Dwight McBride and Justin A. Joyce: Reading Communities: Slave Narratives and the Discursive Reader11. Kenneth Warren: Slave Narratives and American Literary Studies12. Marcus Wood: Slave Narratives and Visual Culture13. William Andrews: Post-Emancipation Slave NarrativesExperience and Authority14. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman: "This Horrible Exhibition": Sexuality in Slave Narratives15. DoVeanna Fulton: "There is Might in Each": Slave Narratives and Black Feminism16. Maurice O. Wallace: "I Rose a Freeman": Power, Property and the Performance of Manhood in Slave Narratives17. Brenda Stevenson: Beyond the Protagonist: Families and Communities in Slave Narratives18. Barbara McCaskill: Collaborative Slave NarrativesEnvironments and Migrations19. Kimberly Smith: The Ecology of Slave Narratives20. Rhondda R. Thomas: Locating Slave Narratives21. Winfried Siemerling: Slave Narratives and Hemispheric Studies22. Nicole N. Aljoe: Caribbean Slave Narratives23. Helen Thomas: Slave Narratives and Transatlantic LiteratureEchoes and Traces24. Daphne Brooks: Slave Narratives and the Performance of Race and Freedom25. Jocelyn Moody: "The Truth of Slave Narratives": Slavery's Traces in Postmemory