This dissertation explores the unhomely nature of the slave system as experienced by fugitive and captive slaves within slave and neo-slave narratives. The purpose of this project is to broaden the discourse of migration narratives set during the antebellum period. I argue that the unhomely manifests through corporeal, psychological, historical, and geographical descriptions found within each narrative and it is through these manifestations that a broader discourse of identity can be generated. I turn to four slave and neo-slave narratives for this dissertation: Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave (1853), Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), Octavia Butler’s Kindred (1979), and Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987).
|Commitee:||Ingram, Shelley, Wilson, Mary Ann|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, American literature|
|Keywords:||Migration narratives, Slave narratives, Slavery|
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