Early Black British Writing

Early Black British Writing

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One of the most significant developments in current literary studies is the rediscovery and reevaluation of texts by British writers of African descent. This volume combines popular texts with hard-to-find selections in a format that enables students to place them in their historical and cultural contexts. For instructors, the collection offers reliable texts, stimulating context pieces, and the most useful modern critical essays. The book is divided into four sections: Narratives, Poetry, Voices (letters), and Criticism. Native African and African-heritage authors living in Great Britain and British colonies include Ukawasaw Gronniosaw, an African prince; John Jea, a preacher; Mary Prince, a slave living in the West Indies; and Juan Francisco Manzano, a slave living in Cuba.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 20mm | 580.61g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0618317651
  • 9780618317653

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About This Series Introduction A Note on the Texts I. Narrative Ignatius Sancho, from Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, An African Prince, As Related by Himself Ottobah Cugoano, from Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African: Written by Himself John Jea, from The Life, History, and Unparalleled Sufferings of John Jea, the African Preacher: Compiled and Written by Himself Robert Wedderburn, The Axe Laid to the Root, or a Fatal Blow to Oppressors, Being an Address to the Planters and Negroes of the Island of Jamaica, No. 1 Robert Wedderburn, The Horrors of Slavery; Exemplified in the Life and History of the Rev. Robert Wedderburn, V.D.M. Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince, a West-Indian Slave: Related by Herself II. Poetry Phillis Wheatley, from Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative John Jea, from A Collection of Hymns: Compiled and Selected by John Jea, African Preacher of the Gospel Juan Francisco Manzano, from Poems by a Slave in the Island of Cuba, Recently Liberated; Translated from the Spanish, by R.R. Madden, M.D. III. Voices James Harris, Letter to James Rogers Letters from Sierra Leone Settlers Slave Complaints IV. Recent Criticism Paul Gilroy, "The Rootless Cosmopolitanism of the Black Atlantic" Donna Landry, "Slavery and Sensibility: Phyllis Wheatley Within the Fracture" Sonia Hofkosh, "Tradition and The Interesting Narrative: Capitalism, Abolition, and the Romantic Individual" Helen Thomas, "Robert Wedderburn and Mulatto Discourse" Chronology Works Cited For Further Reading
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