18. The Territory Ahead

Emerging African American Voices

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch18

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) The Territory Ahead, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch18

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • the territory ahead, emerging African American voices;
  • African American fiction, long withheld critical recognition;
  • nineteenth-century African American narratives, in American literary studies;
  • the fin de siècle genteel novel, theme of pursuit of freedom;
  • American slave narrative, the story of black enslavement;
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845);
  • social theme, the inescapable visible “color line”;
  • Frederick Douglass, father of black abolitionist narrative;
  • The New Black Novel, and the crisis of identity;
  • epic struggle, the marrow of tradition


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Toward “Double-Consciousness”: Historical Backgrounds 1789-1912

  • The New Black Novel and the Crisis of Identity

  • Toward the Twentieth Century: Traditionalism and Modernism