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In Search of Hannah Crafts : Critical Essays on the Bondwoman's Narrative - Henry Gates

In Search of Hannah Crafts

Critical Essays on the Bondwoman's Narrative

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780465027088
Number Of Pages: 480

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Three years ago, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovered an unpublished manuscript, The Bondwoman's Narrative, By Hannah Crafts, A Fugitive Recently Escaped From North Carolina, which turned out to be the first novel by a female African-American slave ever found, and possibly the first novel written by a black women anywhere. The Bondwoman's Narrative was published in 2002. In Search of Hannah Crafts now brings together twenty-two authorities on African-American studies to examine such issues as authenticity, and the history and criticism of this unique novel, including Nina Baym, Jean Fagan Yellin, William Andrews, Lawrence Buell, Karen Sanchez-Eppler and Shelley Fisher-Fishkin.The Bondwoman's Narrative will take its place in the African-American canon, and In Search of Hannah Crafts is the book that scholars and students of African-American Studies, of women writers, and of slavery, need to have to understand this unprecedented historical and literary event.

Introduction to the Critical Essay Collection
"A Silent Unobtrusive Way": Hannah Crafts and the Literary Marketplacep. 3
Bondwoman Unbound: Hannah Crafts's Art and Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature Practicep. 16
Hannah Crafts's Sense of an Endingp. 30
Hannah Crafts, Novelist; or, How a Silent Observer Became a "Dabster at Invention"p. 43
The Problem of Freedom in The Bondwoman's Narrativep. 53
Blackening Bleak House: Hannah Crafts's The Bondwoman's Narrativep. 71
Jane Eyre, Bondwoman: Hannah Crafts's Rethinking of Charlotte Brontep. 87
The Bondwoman's Narrative and Uncle Tom's Cabinp. 106
The Bondwoman's Escape: Hannah Crafts Rewrites the First Play Published by an African Americanp. 117
Mrs. Henry's "Solemn Promise" in Historical Perspectivep. 129
"I Dwell Now in a Neat Little Cottage": Architecture, Race, and Desire in The Bondwoman's Narrativep. 145
Godly Rebellion in The Bondwoman's Narrativep. 175
The Art of Ghost-Writing: Memory, Materiality, and Slave Aestheticsp. 195
Hannah craftsp. 213
"I found a life of freedom all my fancy had pictured it to be": Hannah Crafts's Visual Speculation and the Inner Life of Slaveryp. 231
Gothic Liberties and Fugitive Novels: The Bondwoman's Narrative and the Fiction of Racep. 254
Trappe(d): Race and Genealogical Haunting in The Bondwoman's Narrativep. 276
"Don't speak dearest, it will make you worse": The Bondwoman's Narrative, the Afro-American Literary Tradition, and the Trope of the Lying Bookp. 295
The Case for Hannah Vincentp. 315
The Outsider Within: The Acquisition and Application of Forms of Oppositional Knowledge in Hannah Crafts's The Bondwoman's Narrativep. 332
The Bondwoman and the Bureaucratp. 354
Jane Johnson, Found! But Is She "Hannah Crafts"? The Search for the Author of The Bondwoman's Narrativep. 371
Searching for Hannah Craftsp. 406
The Bondwoman's Narrative: An 1850s Account of Slave Lifep. 419
The Shape of Absencep. 422
Literary Blackfacep. 431
Desperate Measuresp. 439
About the Authorsp. 443
Indexp. 447
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ISBN: 9780465027088
ISBN-10: 0465027083
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.4 x 23.3  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1