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Gestures Against Movements: Henry Box Brown and Economies of Narrative Performance

Janet Neary

in Fugitive Testimony: On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823272891
eISBN:
9780823272945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272891.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter traces the various circuits—economic, narrative, performative—that structure black abolitionist textual production through the cultural work of Henry Box Brown. Building on Daphne ... More


Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History

John Ernest

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833377
eISBN:
9781469605074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898505_ernest
Subject:
History, African-American History

What is African American about African American literature? Why identify it as a distinct tradition? This book contends that too often scholars have relied on naive concepts of race, superficial ... More


Fugitive Testimony: On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives

Janet Neary

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823272891
eISBN:
9780823272945
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272891.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Fugitive Testimony traces the African American slave narrative across the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in order to rethink the epistemological limits of the form and to theorize the complicated ... More


Choreographing Chaos: African American Literature in Time and Space

John Ernest

in Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833377
eISBN:
9781469605074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898505_ernest.8
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that Henry Box Brown's decision to conclude his 1851 Narrative by reprinting laws regulating slavery was not unique. Such reprintings frequently appear in slave narratives, ... More


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