Telling Narratives

Telling Narratives : Secrets in African American Literature

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Telling Narratives analyzes key texts from nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature to demonstrate how secrets and their many tellings have become slavery's legacy. By focusing on the ways secrets are told in texts by Jessie Fauset, Charles W. Chesnutt, Pauline Hopkins, Frederick Douglass, and others, Leslie W. Lewis suggests an alternative model to the feminist dichotomy of \u0022breaking silence\u0022 in response to sexual violence. This fascinating study also suggests that masculine bias problematically ignores female experience in order to equate slavery with social death. In calling attention to the sexual behavior of slave masters in African American literature, Lewis highlights its importance to slavery\u2019s legacy and offers a new understanding of the origins of self-consciousness within African American experience.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025203211X
  • 9780252032110

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"Lewis's is the first book-length study of narrative secrets in African American literature. . . . Recommended."--Choice
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About Leslie W. Lewis

Leslie W. Lewis is an associate professor of English at the College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York, and coeditor of Women's Experience of Modernity, 1875-1945.
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