The edsitement-reviewed antislavery literature project essay longfellow and whittier on slavery discusses longfellow’s role within the abolitionist movement and his successful series, poems on slavery, published in 1842. Slavery and the racial divisions it enforced by law and custom resulted in a multitude of literary forms of response, engagement, and argument: from the plantation novel to the slave narrative from the slave narratives of the 1830s to the neo-slave narratives of the 1980s and '90s from the anti-tom novels crafted in response to harriet. The topic of slavery in literature is rarely the subject of a discrete work more commonly it receives coverage in general overviews of african american literature or in discussions of race in literature in one argument slavery inflects all american literature in a repressed subtext in canonical. From a literary standpoint, the autobiographical narratives of former slaves comprise one of the most extensive and influential traditions in african american literature and culture until the depression era slave narratives outnumbered novels written by african americans. Definitions variously called the slave narrative, the freedom narrative, or the liberation narrative, the stories of enslaved people recounted the personal experiences of ante-bellum african americans who had escaped from slavery and found their way to safety in the north.
Slave narrative: slave narrative, an account of the life, or a major portion of the life, of a fugitive or former slave, either written or orally related by the slave personally slave narratives comprise one of the most influential traditions in american literature, shaping the form and themes of some of the most. African american literature: african american literature, body of literature written by americans of african descent beginning in the pre-revolutionary war period, african american writers have engaged in a creative, if often contentious, dialogue with american letters the result is a literature rich in expressive subtlety. Trudier harris is j carlyle sitterson professor of english, emerita at the university of north carolina at chapel hill during 1996-97, she was a resident fellow at the national humanities center she has written and edited more than a dozen books on african american literature and folklore. From slavery to freedom: the african-american pamphlet collection, 1822-1909 presents 397 pamphlets published from 1822 through 1909 most pamphlets were written by african-american authors, though some were written by others on topics of particular importance in african-american history the. Slavery in america ended with the civil war, but the long struggle to end slavery actually consumed much of the first half of the 19th century here is a selection of articles related to slavery and the long battle to end it.
Literature, and the writings of fugitive slaves and ex-slaves become an important part of the rising sectional battle over slavery and its place in american life. African-american literature starts with narratives by slaves in the pre-revolutionary period focused on freedom and abolition of slavery the period following the civil war until 1919 is dubbed the reconstruction period. American slavery: literature figure 1--here is a play bill for a performance of uncle tom's cabin, probably after the civil war hariet beecher stow's work is probably one of the most influential books in american history.
Wolfgang zach, chair of english language and literature at the university of innsbruck since 1994, is the head of the english department his main areas of research include «literatures in english» (esp transcultural aspects, national stereotypes, racism, slavery, globalization), irish literature, english literature of the 18th century, and literary theory. The cambridge companion to slavery in american literature brings together leading scholars to examine the significance of slavery in american literature from the eighteenth century to the present day in addition to stressing how central slavery has been to the study of american culture, this. 2 unit 7, slavery and freedom authors and works featured in the video: frederick douglass, narrative of the life of frederick douglass (autobiography/slave narrative), my bondage and my freedom(autobiography/slave narrative), “the meaning of july fourth for the. Literature of slavery by julie okuley between the years of 1746 and 1865 (when the emancipation lifted slavery), slaves found a way to speak up about their experiences through song, poetry, and the slave narratives. More essay examples on slavery rubric (15 points) 2 throughout history, literature has been used as a form of protest choose two selections from this unit and explain why they can be thought of as protest literature.
Up from slavery appeals to a wide range of students and may serve as a primary source for students of united states history and as an autobiography for students in english classes those interested in psychology, sociology, economics, education. Accompanying expansion was the contentious and ultimately tragic debate over slavery carried out in a voluminous proslavery and antislavery literature that took the form of speeches, pamphlets, autobiography, poetry, and fiction. One challenge of establishing a critical bibliography on the literature associated with colonialism and slavery is that literature is a fluid category and, as a result, literary scholarship overlaps significantly with cultural history. African-american literature is the sub-category of american literature that includes work produced in the united states by writers of african descent and directly pertains to the experiences and viewpoints of african-americans.
Slave narratives became an important form of literary expression before the civil war, when about 65 memoirs by former slaves were published as books or pamphlets the stories told by former slaves helped to stir public opinion against slavery the prominent abolitionist frederick douglass first. During most of the 19th century, an important body of literary works appeared outside of cuba criticizing the institution of slavery on the island, the system’s inherent violence, its sexual practices, and its repercussions on the white population. All of the writers regarded the literature of the united states as part of a larger world literature writers in this anthology were also interested in much more than their contemporary moment they were influenced by literature from a wide range of time periods, and by literature and culture from around the globe.