Fall 2003

Contemporary African American Narratives of Slavery

Rushdy,Ashraf H.A.

09/08/2003 - 12/13/2003
Monday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Fisk Hall 305

This course will primarily be concerned with examining in some detail the recent proliferation of African American fiction about slavery. After a preliminary discussion of some notable antebellum slave narratives, we will study eight contemporary "narratives of slavery" and define the three most notable forms of representing slavery in contemporary fiction: 1) "Neo-Slave narratives"--that is, novels that are contemporary rewritings of antebellum slave narrative forms and conventions; 2) "Palimpsest narratives," which are novels set in late 20th-century America but tracing modern social relations within an explicit representation of the slave experience; and 3) historical novels set in the antebellum South.

Ashraf Rushdy (B.A., M.A. University of Alberta; Ph.D. University of Cambridge) is professor of English and African American studies. He is author of Remembering Generations: Race and Family in Contemporary African American Fiction (University of North Carolina Press, 2001); Neo-Slave Narratives: Studies in the Social Logic of a Literary Form (Oxford University Press, 1999); The Empty Garden: The Subject of Late Milton (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992), and more than 35 articles and essays. Click here for more information about Ashraf Rushdy.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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