Slave's Narrative



Slave's Narrative

This edition

"The Slave's Narrative." Ed. Charles T. Davis and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Oxford UP, 1985. xxxiv+342 pp.

Table of contents

● Anon / Introduction: The Language of Slavery

1 / Written by Themselves: Views and Reviews, 1750-1861
● Anon / The Life of Job Ben Solomon
● Anon / The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African; Written by Himself
● Anon / The Life and Adventures of a Fugitive Slave
● Anon / Narrative of James Williams
● Anon / The Narrative of Juan Manzano
● Ephraim Peabody / Narratives of Fugitive Slaves
● Anon / Life of Henry Bibb
● Anon / The Life and Bondage of Frederick Douglass
● Anon / Kidnapped and Ransomed
● Anon / Linda: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself

2 / The Slave Narratives as History
● Sterling A. Brown / On Dialect Usage
● Paul D. Escott / The Art and Science of Reading WPA Slave Narratives
● C. Vann Woodward / History from Slave Sources
● John Edgar Wideman / Charles Chesnutt and the WPA Narratives: The Oral and Literate Roots of Afro-American Literature
● John W. Blassingame / Using the Testimony of Ex-Slaves: Approaches and Problems
● Gerald Jaynes / Plantation Factories and the Slave Work Ethic
● Robin W. Winks / The Making of a Fugitive Slave Narrative: Josiah Henson and Uncle Tom—A Case Study

3 / The Slave Narratives as Literature
● James Olney / ‘I Was Born’: Slave Narratives, Their Status as Autobiography and as Literature
● Paul Edwards / Three West African Writers of the 1780s
● Susan Willis / Crushed Geraniums: Juan Francisco Manzano and the Language of Slavery
● Robert Burns Stepto / I Rose and Found My Voice: Narration, Authentication, and Authorial Control in Four Slave Narratives
● Houston A. Baker Jr. / Autobiographical Acts and the Voice of the Southern Slave
● Jean Fagan Yellin / Text and Contexts of Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself
● Charles H. Nichols / The Slave Narrators and the Picaresque Mode: Archetypes for Modern Black Personae
● Melvin Dixon / Singing Swords: The Literary Legacy of Slavery

● Bibliography
● Index

This is primarily an anthology of modern criticism about slave narratives, but it also includes (in the opening section) early reviews of slave narratives. It is for the sake of this primary material that the anthology is included here.

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