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Fugitive Vision: Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative (Blacks in the Diaspora)

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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. 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.

Synopsis:

Cultural subversions of the dominant representations of slavery

About the Author

Michael A. Chaney is Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Looking Beyond and Through the Fugitive Icon

Part 1. Fugitive Gender: Black Mothers, White Faces, Sanguine Sons

1. Racing and Erasing the Slave Mother: Frederick Douglass, Parodic Looks, and Ethnographic Illustration

2. Looking for Slavery at the Crystal Palace: William Wells Brown and the Politics of Exhibition(ism)

3. The Uses in Seeing: Mobilizing the Portrait in Drag in Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom

Part 2. Still Moving: Revamped Technologies of Surveillance

4. Panoramic Bodies: From Banvard's Mississippi to Brown's Iron Collar

5. The Mulatta in the Camera: Harriet Jacobs's Historicist Gazing and Dion Boucicault's Mulatta Obscura

6. Throwing Identity in the Poetry-Pottery of Dave the Potter

Conclusion

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253221087
Author:
Chaney, Michael A.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
African American; African American Studies; Art and Architecture; Art and Photography; History; Literature; Literature and Literary Studies
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Blacks in the Diaspora
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 bandw photos
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 in

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