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Voices of the Fugitives


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Situates close analytical readings of individual slave narratives within the larger context of social, political, cultural, and literary conditions influencing the fugitive slave narrative genre.

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Preface Reading in the Breach The Call: The Literary and Cultural Landscape Let the World Dream Otherwise: The Literary Masks of Fugitive Slave Stories Dismantling the Master's House: The Cultural Context ...and the Response: Speaking for Themselves "Behold a Man Transformed": Sacred Language and the Secular Self in Frederick Douglass's Narrative Authority, Power, and Determination of the Will: The Dilemma of Rhetorical Ownership in Frederick Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom and Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Ambiguity, Passing, and the Politics of Color: The Reconstruction of Race in William and Ellen Craft's Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom Epilogue: Of Being and Nothingness: Caliban's Reprise References Index

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STERLING LECATER BLAND, JR. is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University.


"This book can be profitably used in undergraduate classrooms or as an ancillary text."-Biography
?This book can be profitably used in undergraduate classrooms or as an ancillary text.?-Biography

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