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Author Judy, Ronald A. T

Title (Dis) Forming the American Canon : African-Arabic Slave Narratives and the Vernacular
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1993


Description 1 online resource (369 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments; A Note on Transliteration; Abbreviations Used in Citations of Kant's Work; Foreword; 1 Introduction: Critique of Incorporation; Part I. Writing Being: The Slave Narrative as the Original Text; 2 Critique of American Enlightenment: The Problem with the Writing of Culture; 3 Writing Culture in the Negro: Grammatology of Civil Society and Slavery; 4 Critique of Genealogical Deduction: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and the (Dis)Formation of Canon Formation
Summary Judy offers an alternative interpretation of literacy that challenges traditional Enlightenment discourses claim that literacy and reason are the privileged properties of Western culture. Judy argues, on the basis of his readings of autobiographical African-American Arabic slave narratives, that through the production of the Arabic text, the African slave already had all the elements that the West attributes to "reason" before his original introduction to Western culturea literacy that already mediated between Africa and Europe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-331) and index
Notes English
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Subject African Americans in literature.
American prose literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
American prose literature -- Arab American authors -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Arab Americans in literature.
Canon (Literature)
Narration (Rhetoric)
Slavery -- United States -- Historiography
Enslaved persons' writings, American -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Autobiographies as Topic
autobiography (genre)
African Americans in literature.
Arab Americans in literature.
Canon (Literature)
Narration (Rhetoric)
Slavery -- Historiography.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Lubiano, Wahneema
LC no. 92038888
ISBN 9780816684274