Chapter 2. Africa in Early African American Literature

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. James Sidbury Professor of History

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch2

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Sidbury, J. (2010) Africa in Early African American Literature, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. University of Texas at Austin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474

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Keywords:

  • Africa in early African American Literature;
  • Shakespeare's Othello - succeeded by heroic, comic, and tragic figures on stage;
  • Ignatius Sancho and Phillis Wheatley - two important black writers revising received beliefs about Africa and Africans;
  • Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa - most influential figure in early Anglophone black literature;
  • stories of the African slave - projecting history of commercial development onto Africa-trade;
  • Quobna Ottobah Cugoano - offering most elaborate vision of future transformation of Africa;
  • transatlantic antislavery movement's first climactic triumph – the British and American decisions to outlaw the Atlantic slave trade by 1808;
  • Daniel Coker - founder of the African Methodist Episcopal movement in Baltimore

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Notes

  • Bibliography