Chapter 22. Neo-Slave Narratives

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Madhu Dubey Professor of English

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch22

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Dubey, M. (2010) Neo-Slave Narratives, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. University of Illinois - Chicago, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474



  • neo-slave narratives;
  • Toni Morrison Society - inaugurating “ Bench on the Road ” project on July 26, 2008;
  • popular label describing fiction about slavery - neo-slave narratives;
  • neo-slave narratives - term coined by Bernard Bell;
  • voice - measure of authentic historical recovery;
  • David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident - more sustained assault on conventional historical knowledge;
  • John Washington's dismissive remark - historian is nothing but a “frustrated novelist”;
  • critique of traditional historiography - common feature of contemporary narratives of slavery;
  • Flight to Canada and Oxherding Tale - assuming the form of fugitive slave narratives


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography