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Fugitive Vision : Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative
by Michael A. Chaney


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Analyzing the impact of black abolitionist iconography on early black literature and the formation of black identity, Fugitive Vision examines the writings of Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, William and Ellen Craft, and Harriet Jacobs, and the slave potter David Drake.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Analyzing the impact of black abolitionist iconography on early black literature and the formation of black identity, Fugitive Vision examines the writings of Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, William and Ellen Craft, and Harriet Jacobs, and the slave potter David Drake. Juxtaposing pictorial and literary representations, the book argues that the visual offered an alternative to literacy for current and former slaves, whose works mobilize forms of illustration that subvert dominant representations of slavery by both apologists and abolitionists. From a portrait of Douglass's mother as Ramses to the incised snatches of proverb and prophecy on Dave the Potter's ceramics, the book identifies a "fugitive vision" that reforms our notions of antebellum black identity, literature, and cultural production.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780253221087
  • ISBN-10: 0253221080
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publish Date: March 2009
  • Page Count: 254

Series: Blacks in the Diaspora (Paperback)

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Books > Literary Criticism > American - African American
Books > Social Science > Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Books > Art > American - African American

 
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