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

We Wear the Mask

African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870

Paperback Published: 6th October 1997
ISBN: 9780231080958
Number Of Pages: 280
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

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Not to be missed: From Phillis Wheatley to the works of other forerunners of modern black authors, this book traces an unusual history of pioneering black literary achievers. The MidWest Book Review Reviewing We Wear the Mask seven years after it was first published, one is inevitably struck both by how well its argument and individual readings have held up. -- Vince Carreta, University of Maryland Eighteenth Century Book Reviews Online

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Of Masks, Mimicry, and Invisibilityp. 1
Sable Patriots and Modern Egyptians: Phillis Wheatley, Joel Barlow, and Ann Eliza Bleeckerp. 15
Capturing the Captivity: African Americans Among the Puritansp. 41
Enslaving the Saved: The Narratives of Henry Bibb and William Wells Brownp. 67
"It is natural to believe in great men"p. 89
The Blackwoman in the Atticp. 117
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 Lifep. 151
Conclusion: The Beginning of African American Literaturep. 185
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780231080958
ISBN-10: 0231080956
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 6th October 1997
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.16  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.35

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