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African American Literature in Transition, 1830–1850

Volume 3

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Part of African American Literature in Transition

Benjamin Fagan, Carla L. Peterson, Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Juliane Braun, Faith Barrett, Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell, Nihad M. Farooq, Susanna Ashton, Hannah Spahn, Pia Wiegmink, Nicole N. Aljoe, David Luis-Brown, John Levi Barnard, Ian Finseth
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  • Date Published: July 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108422949

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  • This volume charts the ways in which African American literature fosters transitions between material cultures and contexts from 1830 to 1850, and showcases work that explores how African American literature and lived experiences shaped one another. Chapters focus on the interplay between pivotal political and social events, including emancipation in the West Indies, the Irish Famine, and the Fugitive Slave Act, and key African American cultural productions, such as the poetry of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, the writings of David Walker, and the genre of the Slave Narrative. Chapters also examine the relationship between African American literature and a variety of institutions including, the press, and the post office. The chapters are grouped together in three sections, each of which is focused on transitions within a particular geographic scale: the local, the national, and the transnational. Taken together, they offer a crucial account of how African Americans used the written word to respond to and drive the events and institutions of the 1830s, 1840s, and beyond.

    • Offers innovative approaches to African American literature of the period
    • Introduces readers to understudied works and authors
    • Highlights leading and emerging scholars of the field
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    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108422949
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. The age of David Walker Benjamin Fagan
    Part I. Local Transitions:
    1. Antebellum literary societies, polite learning, and traditions of modernity Carla L. Peterson
    2. 'By a Young Lady of Color': Black women and the antislavery press Jasmine Nichole Cobb
    3. The poetics of education in antebellum New Orleans Juliane Braun
    4. Gentility, resistance, and the Nat turner's rebellion in early African American poetry Faith Barrett
    Part II. National Transitions:
    5. Copyright, fugitivity, and the fight for self-ownership in early African American literature Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell
    6. The communications revolution and the networked path to freedom Nihad M. Farooq
    7. The fugitive slave act and the United States of slavery Susanna Ashton
    Part III. Transnational Transitions:
    8. Cosmopolitanism, character, and the theories of early African American literature Hannah Spahn
    9. Race, slavery, and emigration in black women's life writing Pia Wiegmink
    10. The impact of West Indian emancipation on African American poetry Nicole N. Aljoe
    11. La Escalera, sentiment, and revolution in the antebellum novel David Luis-Brown
    12. Europe, Mexico, and the African American 1848 John Levi Barnard
    13. The Irish famine and the lessons of environmental history Ian Finseth.

  • Editor

    Benjamin Fagan, Auburn University, Alabama
    Benjamin Fagan is Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, He is the author of The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation (2016), co-editor of Visions of Glory: The Civil War in Word and Image (2019) and has published numerous articles on early African American literature and print culture.


    Benjamin Fagan, Carla L. Peterson, Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Juliane Braun, Faith Barrett, Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell, Nihad M. Farooq, Susanna Ashton, Hannah Spahn, Pia Wiegmink, Nicole N. Aljoe, David Luis-Brown, John Levi Barnard, Ian Finseth

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