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Between Fiction and Experience: William Wells Brown’s

Tess Chakkalakal

in Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter reads William Wells Brown's preoccupation with marriage through both his fictional and autobiographical accounts of slavery. Generally believed to be the first novel by an African ... More


William Wells Brown’s Critical Cosmopolitanism

Martha Schoolman

in Abolitionist Geographies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680740
eISBN:
9781452948744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680740.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter presents a reading of William Wells Brown’s travel narrative “Three Years in Europe” to examine the political and theoretical consequences of the abolitionist ambivalence toward British ... 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


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


the Historical Mind of Emancipation: Writing African American History at the Dawn of Freedom, 1863–1882

Stephen G. Hall

in A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833056
eISBN:
9781469605364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899199_hall.8
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the work of William Wells Brown and William Still, two prominent writers whose work reflected the past heroism and the future prospects of the African American race. Continuing ... More


Spectacular Activism: Black Abolitionists and Their Moving Panoramas

Aston Gonzalez

in Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781469659961
eISBN:
9781469659985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659961.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter moves between the United States and England to analyze the antislavery moving panoramas exhibited by three black men—James Presley Ball, William Wells Brown, and Henry Box Brown. ... More


Truth Stranger than Fiction: African American Identity and (Auto)Biography

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.6
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that William Wells Brown's complexly multitextual and multivocal performance in My Southern Home is largely a new iteration of his ongoing self-transformations, comprising a ... More


Experiments in Freedom: Fugitive Science in Transatlantic Performance

Britt Rusert

in Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479885688
eISBN:
9781479804702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479885688.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter turns to the history of racist and anti-racist science as it was expressed in transatlantic performance from the 1830s through the 1850s. It maps a genealogy of overlap and exchange ... More


The Power of the Word

J. R. Oldfield

in The Ties that Bind: Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1866

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622003
eISBN:
9781800341708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622003.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This Chapter looks at the role of paid anti-slavery agents or lecturers in raising public awareness about slavery. Strictly speaking, the agency system had its origins in Britain but it had its ... More


In Plain Sight: Slavery and the Architecture of Democracy

John Levi Barnard

in Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190663599
eISBN:
9780190663629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190663599.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter elaborates three primary elements of “black classicism” that African American writers, editors, and activists would develop in relation to dominant modes of classicism and monumental ... More


Unadjusted Emancipations

Jason Berger

in Xenocitizens: Illiberal Ontologies in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823287758
eISBN:
9780823290529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823287758.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter adds a consideration of the economic horizon to contemporary scholarship that examines the radical and, at times, emancipatory “entanglements” between slaves/ex-slaves and the ... More


Singing Abolition

J. R. Oldfield

in The Ties that Bind: Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1866

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622003
eISBN:
9781800341708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622003.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This Chapter deals with a hitherto neglected aspect of anti-slavery opinion building, namely the role of anti-slavery songs. Hundreds of these songs – really abolitionist poems set to popular ... More


Introduction

Stephen G. Hall

in A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833056
eISBN:
9781469605364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899199_hall.4
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book begins by focusing on one of the earliest race histories of the postbellum period, The Rising Son; or, Antecedents of the Colored Race, authored by fugitive slave and abolitionist William ... More


National Reproduction and Clotel’s Queer Mulatta

Holly Jackson

in American Blood: The Ends of the Family in American Literature, 1850-1900

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199317042
eISBN:
9780199369256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199317042.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter offers a new reading of the “tragic mulatta” trope, arguing that William Wells Brown’s Clotel; Or, The President’s Daughter (1853) radically embraces the association of this figure with ... More


That Performance

Julia S. Charles

in That Middle World: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781469659572
eISBN:
9781469659596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659572.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter three is chiefly concerned with the theatricality of racial passing, or with race as performance. By complicating the histories of Black-to-white passing, this chapter considers how whiteness ... More


Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Tess Chakkalakal

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book unravels the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom through renewed readings of canonical nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors. Situating ... More


American Claimants: Overwhelming Collections and Visitor Impressions at the British Museum

Reed Gochberg

in Useful Objects: Museums, Science, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780197553480
eISBN:
9780197553510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197553480.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines descriptions of the British Museum in travel narratives and diaries by American travelers to show how it informed broader conversations about the development of American ... More


Amelia’s Bloomers: Bleak House Refashioned

Sarah Meer

in American Claimants: The Transatlantic Romance, c. 1820-1920

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198812517
eISBN:
9780191894695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812517.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter draws on the discussions in chapter 4 (illegitimacy, links with British editors, Julia Griffiths’s role), to read the reprinting of Bleak House in Frederick Douglass’ Paper. This brings ... More


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