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Writing for Inclusion


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  1. Reflections on Afro-Cuban and African American Discourses of Identity
  2. Countering Negation in Juan Francisco Manzano and Frederick Douglass's Early Texts and Patronage Relationships
  3. Common Narrative Threads in the Autobiografia de Juan Francisco Manzano and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
  4. The Discourse of the Future Citizen in the Nonfiction of Martin Morua Delgado and Charles W. Chesnutt
  5. Generating the Future Citizen in Morua Delgado's Sofia and Chesnutt's The House Behind the Cedars
  6. Epilogue
About the Author

About the Author

Karen Ruth Kornweibel is associate professor of English in the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University.


The comparative turn in American studies has allowed scholars to uncover the workings of identity formations across borders of nation and personhood, and to interrogate their common conceptions and assemblages, to use Alexander Weheylie's term. Kornweibel (East Tennessee State Univ.) follows in this vein as she studies the connections between race and national identity through a cross-cultural comparison of writers from Cuba and the US. She places fugitive slaves Juan Francisco Manzano and Frederick Douglass in dialogue along with post-slavery writers Martin Morua Delgado and Charles Chesnutt so that she can trace their arguments against racialization as a rationale for exclusion from national identities. Kornweibel is adept in discussing these authors' fictions and nonfiction writings and analyzing their use of language to symbolically express the social anxieties behind the lack of recognition afforded Afro-Cuban and African Americans in their respective lands, and to contest their placement as noncitizens and articulate their humanity as grounds for inclusion in their social arenas. Writing for Inclusion should appeal to scholars of African American and American studies for its engagement with race and nation across the diaspora.

Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. * CHOICE *

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