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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 strong and illuminating demonstration of America's darkish historical past. but the genre's impression prolonged a ways past the borders of the united states In a interval while few books offered greater than copies, slave narratives bought within the tens of millions, supplying British readers bright money owed of the violence and privation skilled via American slaves. Eloquent, bracing narratives via Frederick Douglass, William field Brown, Solomon Northrop, and others loved unparalleled recognition, alluring audiences that incorporated activists, reporters, and a few of the era's maximum novelists.

The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel investigates the shaping impression of the yank slave narrative at the Victorian novel within the years among the British Abolition Act and the yank Emancipation Proclamation. The publication argues that Charlotte Brontë, W. M. Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, and Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson built-in into their works normal components 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 to entry the slave narrative's paradigm of resistance, light up the transnational size of slavery, and articulate Britain's position within the worldwide 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 monetary, creation 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 yankee literary background, African American literature, and the Victorian novel, as well as highlighting the colourful transatlantic alternate of rules that illuminated literatures on either side of the Atlantic throughout the 19th century.

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