American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel
By: Lee, Julia Sun-Joo (Author).
Oxford University Press. Published: 27/05/2010. Audience Guide: General (US: Trade).
Hardback. Sourced from U.S.A.
The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel investigates the shaping influence of the American slave narrative on the Victorian novel in the years between the British Abolition Act and the American Emancipation Proclamation. In a period when few books sold more than five hundred copies, slave narratives sold in the tens of thousands, providing British readers vivid accounts of the violence and privation experienced by American slaves. The book argues that Charlotte Bronte, W. M. Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, and Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson integrated into their works generic elements of the slave narrative, from the emphasis on literacy as a tool of liberation, to the teleological journey from slavery to freedom, to the ethics of resistance over submission. It contends that Victorian novelists were attempting to access the slave narrative's paradigm of resistance, illuminate the transnational dimension of slavery, and articulate Britain's role in the global community. The slave narrative becomes part of the textual network of the English novel, making visible how black literary, as well as economic, production contributed to English culture.
TITLE: American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel, The
CONTRIBUTORS: Lee, Julia Sun-Joo (Author)
IMPRINT: Oxford University Press Inc
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 27/05/2010
SUBJECT: Literature, Literature, History & Criticism, Novels, Prose & Writers
DIMENSIONS (Width x Height): 156mm x 235mm
AUDIENCE GUIDE: General (US: Trade)
INTRODUCTION. THE AMERICAN SLAVE NARRATIVE AND THE VICTORIAN NOVEL; 1. The Slave Narrative of Jane Eyre; 2. . Slaves and Brothers in Pendennis; 3. Female Slave Narratives: "The Grey Woman" and My Lady Ludlow; 4. The Return of the "Unnative": North and South; 5. Fugitive Plots in Great Expectations; EPILOGUE. THE PLOT AGAINST ENGLAND: THE DYNAMITER; WORKS CITED