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Author McBride, Dwight A.

Title Impossible witnesses : truth, abolitionism, and slave testimony / Dwight A. McBride
Published New York : New York University Press, ©2001
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 205 pages)
Contents Introduction: bearing witness: memory, theatricality, the body, and slave testimony -- Abolitionist discourse: a transatlantic context; Abolitionist discourse and romanticism ; Reflections on abolitionist discourse in England ; Reflections on abolitionist discourse in the U.S. -- "I know what a slave knows": Mary Prince as witness, or the rhetorical uses of experience -- Appropriating the word: Phillis Wheatley, religious, rhetoric, and the poetics of liberation -- Speaking as "the African": Olaudah Equiano's Moral argument against slavery -- Consider the audience: witnessing to the discursive reader in Douglass's Narrative
Summary Black literary production during the 19th century was dominated by the issues of slavery, racial subjugation, abolitionist politics and liberation. This book examines how those authors bore witness to the experiences they described
Analysis "Multi-User"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-199) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject African Americans in literature.
African Americans -- Biography -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
American prose literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Autobiography -- African American authors.
Slavery in literature.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Slaves -- United States -- Intellectual life
Slaves' writings, American -- History and criticism
African Americans in literature.
African Americans -- Biography.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
American prose literature -- African American authors.
American prose literature.
Antislavery movements.
Autobiography -- African American authors.
Literatura norte-americana.
Movimentos ideológicos.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Slavery in literature.
Slaves -- Biography.
Slaves' writings, American.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814759734