Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Slave Narratives

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Slave narratives reveal a great deal about African-Americans’ interpretation of their own presence in the New World. This study-unit will examine the patterns of adjustment and adaptation of enslaved and freed people of colour and the way these impacted on American society in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The following texts are for detailed study: Equiano’s Travels, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Narrative of Sojourner Truth.

Reading List:

Edwards, Paul, ed., Equiano’s Travels (London: Heinemann, 1967)
Blassingame, John W., John R. McKivigan, and Peter. P. Hinks, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001)
Davis, Charles T. and Henry Louis Gates, eds, The Slave’s Narrative (Oxford University Press: 1991)
Fisch, Audrey, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the African American Slave Narrative (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Garfield, Deborah M. and Rafia Zafar, Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: New Critical Essays (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture) (Cambridge UP: 1996)
Jacobs, Harriet, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990)
Jacobs, Harriet, Narrative of Sojourner Truth (London: Penguin, 1998)
Mac Dowell, Deborah, and Arnold Rampersad, eds, Slavery and the Literary Imagination (Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press: 1989)
Weinstein, Allen, Frank O. Gatell and David Sarahson, American Negro Slavery: A Modern Reader (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Stella Borg Barthet

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