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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl : Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers (Paperback) - Harriet Jacobs

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers (Paperback)

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Published: 29th November 1990
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Not only one of the last of over one hundred slave narratives published separately before the Civil War, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) is also one of the few existing narratives written by a woman. It offers a unique perspective on the complex plight of the black woman as slave and as writer. In a story that merges the conventions of the slave narrative with the techniques of the sentimental novel, Harriet Jacobs describes her efforts to fight off the advances of her master, her eventual liaison with another white man (the father of two of her children), and her ultimately successful struggle for freedom. Jacobs' account of her experiences, and her search for her own voice, prefigure the literary and ideological concerns of generations of African-American women writers to come.

"A viable alternative to male save narratives. The specific problems faced by female slaves are clearly portrayed."--Ray Doyle, West Chester Univ. "My personal favorite...Jacobs confronts the contradictions inherent in the category 'the black woman writer.' By engaging these issues and negotiating a course through them, she anticipates the literary and ideological position of subsequent generations of black women writers."--Jean Fagan Yellin, The Washington Post Book World "A corrective to those who have identified the slave narrative primarily as a male genre....This particular edition, with its introduction by Valerie Smith, sheds new light on the choices its heroine Linda Brent makes."--The Women's Review of Books "A viable alternative to male slave narratives. The specific problems faced by female slaves are clearly portrayed."--Ray Doyle, West Chester University "My personal favorite...Jacobs confronts the contradictions inherent in the category 'the black woman writer.' By engaging these issues and negotiating a course through them, she anticipates the literary and ideological position of subsequent generations of black women writers."--Jean Fagan Yellin, The Washington Post Book World "A corrective to those who have identified the slave narrative primarily as a male genre....This particular edition, with its introduction by Valerie Smith, sheds new light on the choices its heroine Linda Brent makes."--The Women's Review of Books

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Preface by the Author
Introduction by the Editor
Childhood
The New Master and Mistress
The Slaves' New Year's Day
The Slave Who Dared to Feel Like a Man
The Trials of Girlhood
The Jealous Mistress
The Lover
What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the North
Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders
A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl's Life
The New Tie to Life
Fear of Insurrection
The Church and Slavery
Another Link to Life
Continued Persecutions
Scenes at the Plantation
The Flight
Months of Peril
The Children Sold
New Perils
The Loophole of Retreat
Christmas Festivities
Still in Prison
The Candidate for Congress
Competition in Cunning
Important Era in My Brother's Life
New Destination for the Children
Aunt Nancy
Preparations for Escape
Northward Bound
Incidents in Philadelphia
The Meeting of Mother and Daughter
A Home Found
The Old Enemy Again
Prejudice Against Color
The Hairbreadth Escape
A Visit to England
Renewed Invitations to Go South
The Confession
The Fugitive Slave Law
Free at Last
A True Tale of Slavery
Some Account of My Early Life
A Further Account of My Family, and of My New Master
My Uncle's Troubles - My Further Experience of the Doctor, and Our Parting
My New Master's Plantation - My Medical Practice Among the Slaves - My Sister's Hiding-Place
My Master Goes to Washington as Member of Congress - He Is Engaged to Be Married - Wedding Trip to Chicago - Canada - New York - My Escape from Slavery
Sensations of Freedom - Self-Education - A Whaling Voyage - I Meet My Sister, and Hear from Her About My Friends at Edenton - The Fugitive Slave Bill
Cruel Treatment of Slaves - The Fugitive Slave Law - Slavery Opposed to Natural Rights and to Christianity
Explanatory Notes
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780195066708
ISBN-10: 0195066707
Series: Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th November 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 14.17  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.27