By Gene Andrew Jarrett
Via a sequence of essays that discover the varieties, topics, genres, historic contexts, significant authors, and most up-to-date serious methods, 'A better half to African American Literature' provides a finished chronological assessment of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the fashionable day
• Examines African American literature from its earliest origins, during the upward push of antislavery literature within the many years major into the Civil struggle, to the trendy improvement of latest African American cultural media, literary aesthetics, and political ideologies
• Addresses the newest serious and scholarly techniques to African American literature
• beneficial properties essays via top proven literary students in addition to more recent voices
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Equiano offered his own life as a model for others to follow. Equiano’s personal conversions and transformations from enslaved to free, pagan to Christian, and pro-slavery to abolitionist, anticipated the changes he hoped to make in his readers, as well as the transformation he called for in the relationship between Britain and Africa. The Interesting Narrative was immediately recognized as a remarkable achievement, earning the praise of Mary Wollstonecraft and other reviewers. Part of the book’s great popularity can be attributed to the timing of its initial publication at the height of the movement in Britain to abolish the slave trade.
Green, 1790. html. Dickson, William. Letters on Slavery. London: 1789. Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings. Ed. Vincent Carretta. New York: Penguin, 1995; revised and expanded edition, 2003. Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993. Gould, Eliga H. The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Gronniosaw, James Albert Ukawsaw.
Notes on the State of Virginia. London: 1787. Klooster, Wim and Alfred Padula, ed. The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination. New York: Prentice Hall, 2004. Marrant, John. A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black. London: 1785. Nisbet, Richard. The Capacity of Negroes for Religious and Moral Improvement Considered. London: 1789. Rush, Benjamin. An Address to the Inhabitants of the British Settlement in America, upon Slave-Keeping. Boston: 1773.
A Companion to African American Literature (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture) by Gene Andrew Jarrett