By Julia Sun-Joo Lee
Conceived as a literary shape to aggressively publicize the abolitionist reason within the usa, the African American slave narrative continues to be a robust and illuminating demonstration of America's darkish historical past. but the genre's impression prolonged some distance past the borders of the united states In a interval whilst few books bought greater than copies, slave narratives bought within the tens of hundreds of thousands, supplying British readers bright bills of the violence and privation skilled through American slaves. Eloquent, bracing narratives by means of Frederick Douglass, William field Brown, Solomon Northrop, and others loved unparalleled reputation, eye-catching audiences that integrated activists, reporters, and a few of the era's maximum novelists.
The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel investigates the shaping impact of the yankee slave narrative at the Victorian novel within the years among the British Abolition Act and the yankee Emancipation Proclamation. The e-book argues that Charlotte Brontë, W. M. Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, and Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson built-in into their works typical parts of the slave narrative-from the emphasis on literacy as a device of liberation, to the teleological trip from slavery to freedom, to the ethics of resistance over submission. It contends that Victorian novelists used those tropes in an try and entry the slave narrative's paradigm of resistance, remove darkness from the transnational size of slavery, and articulate Britain's position within the international neighborhood. via a deft use of disparate assets, Lee unearths how the slave narrative turns into a part of the textual community of the English novel, making noticeable how black literary, in addition to fiscal, construction contributed to English culture.
Lucidly written, richly researched, and cogently argued, Julia Sun-Joo Lee's insightful monograph makes a useful contribution to students of yank literary historical past, African American literature, and the Victorian novel, as well as highlighting the colourful transatlantic trade of rules that illuminated literatures on each side of the Atlantic in the course of the 19th century.