Critical Insights: The Slave Narrative

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  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Kimberly Drake
April 2014 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Edited by Kimberly Drake, Critical Insights: The Slave Narrative, presents recent critical work on antebellum slave narratives as well as postbellum novels of slavery and twentieth-century neoslave narratives. This volume includes chapters on the more widely read slave narratives by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Solomon Northup, but also relatively lesser-known narratives, such as neo-slave narrative novels and slave narratives about slavery outside the U.S.

Individual chapters within The Slave Narrative will provide researchers with a wide range of approaches to the slave narrative genre, and the volume's Preface will discuss the history of the slave narrative genre from its origins to the present day, where it makes its way into popular films and novels.The critical treatments of these texts draw on various disciplinary approaches to their topics such as: political arguments, oral testimonies, historical documents, cultural fiction, speculative fiction, and literary protests. Since the bulk of significant critical work in this field was published between the 1960s and the early 1990s, this volume also provides a sense of recent approaches and trends.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index