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We Wear the Mask African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870

ISBN-10: 0231080956
ISBN-13: 9780231080958
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rafia Zafar
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Description: Uncovers the strategies early African American writers used both to create an African American identity and to make their visions and stories accessible to white readers. Alongside these pioneers of black American literature Zafar juxtaposes some  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/6/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Uncovers the strategies early African American writers used both to create an African American identity and to make their visions and stories accessible to white readers. Alongside these pioneers of black American literature Zafar juxtaposes some familiar European American Writers. Beginning with Phillis Wheatley's implicit engagements with other colonial era poets, and ending with the ultimately tragic success story of Elizabeth Keckley, ex-slave, seamstress, and confidante to a First Lady, black authors employed virtually every dominant literary genre while cannily manipulating the nature of their presence.

Rafia Zafar is Professor of English and African and African American Studies,Washington Univerisity in St. Louis.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Of Masks, Mimicry, and Invisibility
Sable Patriots and Modern Egyptians: Phillis Wheatley, Joel Barlow, and Ann Eliza Bleecker
Capturing the Captivity: African Americans Among the Puritans
Enslaving the Saved: The Narratives of Henry Bibb and William Wells Brown
"It is natural to believe in great men"
The Blackwoman in the Attic
Dressing Up and Dressing Down: Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes at the White House and Eliza Potter's A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life
Conclusion: The Beginning of African American Literature
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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