Chapter 6. The Economies of the Slave Narrative

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Philip Gould Professor of English

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch6

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Gould, P. (2010) The Economies of the Slave Narrative, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. Brown University, 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:

  • the economies of the slave narrative;
  • Antebellum antislavery literature - against brutalities of slave capitalism;
  • Bibb - slave narrator exposing hypocrisy of Christian slaveholding;
  • economy, labor, and value;
  • slave literacy - emerging as a kind of possession earned from a combination of industry and initiative;
  • subjects of property and labor - literary medium of a form of African American identity;
  • Twelve Years a Slave - most detailed slave narrative

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Locke, Liberty, and Property

  • Economy, Labor, and Value

  • Bourgeois Morals and Manners

  • Bibliography