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African American Literature in Transition, 1850–1865

Volume 4. 1850–1865

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Part of African American Literature in Transition

Teresa Zackodnik, Stephen Knadler, Erica L. Ball, Michael A. Chaney, Autumn Womack, Hollis Robbins, Mark Sussman, Matt Sandler, Ben Fagan, Jennifer Gipson, Stephen Gilroy Hall, Janaka Bowman-Lewis, Winfried Siemerling, Barbara McCaskill, Marlene L. Daut
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  • Date Published: July 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427487

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  • The period of 1850-1865 consisted of violent struggle and crisis as the United States underwent the prodigious transition from slaveholding to ostensibly 'free' nation. This volume reframes mid-century African American literature and challenges our current understandings of both African American and American literature. It presents a fluid tradition that includes history, science, politics, economics, space and movement, the visual, and the sonic. Black writing was highly conscious of transnational and international politics, textual circulation, and revolutionary imaginaries. Chapters explore how Black literature was being produced and circulated; how and why it marked its relation to other literary and expressive traditions; what geopolitical imaginaries it facilitated through representation; and what technologies, including print, enabled African Americans to pursue such a complex and ongoing aesthetic and political project.

    • Links the mid-19th century to literary developments that preceded and followed that period.
    • Frames mid-19th century African American literature in terms of Black personhood and citizenship, genre and circulation, and space and movement.
    • Explores mid-19th century African American literature and the concerns currently preoccupying African American literary studies.
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427487
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 162 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 4:
    1850-1865, Introduction, Teresa Zackodnik
    Part 1. Black personhood and citizenship in transition: Section introduction, Teresa Zackodnik
    1. Freedom's accounts—the semi-citizenship narrative, Stephen Knadler
    2. Conduct discourse, slave narratives, and Black male self-fashioning on the eve of the Civil war, Erica L. Ball
    3. Picturing Blackness with and against Stowe's lens, Michael A. Chaney
    4. African American periodicals and the transition to visual intercourse, Autumn Womack
    Part 2. Generic transitions and textual circulation: Section introduction, Teresa Zackodnik
    5. Overhearing the African American novel, 1850-1865, Hollis Robbins and Mark Sussman
    6. Black romanticism and the lyric as the medium of the conspiracy, Matt Sandler
    7. Black newspapers, novels and the racial geographies of transnationalism, Ben Fagan
    8. Creoles of color, poetry and the periodic press in union occupied New Orleans, Jennifer Gipson
    9. The Haitian and American revolutions and Black historical writing at mid-century, Stephen Gilroy Hall
    Part 3. Black geographies in transition: Section introduction, Teresa Zackodnik
    10. Freedom to move, Janaka Bowman-Lewis
    11. Black activism, print culture and literature in Canada 1850-1865, Winfried Siemerling
    12. Antislavery activist networks and transatlantic texts, Barbara McCaskill
    13. Haiti as diasporic crossroads in transnational African American writing, Marlene L. Daut

  • Editor

    Teresa Zackodnik, University of Alberta
    Teresa Zackodnik is a Professor in the English and Film Studies Department at the University of Alberta, where she teaches critical race theory, African American literature and theory, and historical Black feminisms. Her books include The Mulatta and the Politics of Race (2004); Press, Platform, Pulpit: Black Feminisms in the Era of Reform (2011); the six-volume edition African American Feminisms 1828-1923 in the Routledge History of Feminisms series (2007); and 'We Must be Up and Doing': A Reader in Early African American Feminisms (2010). She is a member of the UK-based international research network Black Female Intellectuals in the Historical and Contemporary Context, and is completing a book on early Black feminist use of media and its forms.


    Teresa Zackodnik, Stephen Knadler, Erica L. Ball, Michael A. Chaney, Autumn Womack, Hollis Robbins, Mark Sussman, Matt Sandler, Ben Fagan, Jennifer Gipson, Stephen Gilroy Hall, Janaka Bowman-Lewis, Winfried Siemerling, Barbara McCaskill, Marlene L. Daut

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