Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Fragmented Identities: Explorations of the Unhomely in Slave and Neo-Slave Narratives
by Keadle, Elizabeth Ann, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 187; 10163331
Abstract (Summary)

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).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis-McElligatt, Joanna
Commitee: Ingram, Shelley, Wilson, Mary Ann
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
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
Publication Number: 10163331
ISBN: 978-1-369-18023-7
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