By William L. Andrews
Vintage African American Women's Narratives bargains academics, scholars, and normal readers a one-volume number of the main memorable and demanding prose written by way of African American girls sooner than 1865. The booklet reproduces the canon of African American women's fiction and autobiography in the course of the slavery period in U.S. background. every one textual content within the quantity represents a "first." Maria Stewart's faith and the natural rules of Morality (1831) was once the 1st political tract authored via an African American lady. Jarena Lee's lifestyles and spiritual adventure (1836) was once the 1st African American woman's non secular autobiography. The Narrative of Sojourner fact (1850) was once the 1st slave narrative to target the adventure of a feminine slave within the usa. Frances E. W. Harper's "The bargains" (1859) was once the 1st brief tale released through an African American lady. Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig (1859) was once the 1st novel written via an African American lady. Harriet Jacob's Incidents within the lifetime of a Slave woman (1861) used to be the 1st autobiography authored by way of an African American lady. Charlotte Forten's "Life at the Sea Islands" (1864) was once the 1st contribution by means of an African American lady to a tremendous American literary journal (the Atlantic Monthly). Complemented with an creation by means of William L. Andrews, this is often the one one-volume assortment to collect crucial works of the 1st nice period of African American women's writing.
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5. See Lee’s second autobiography, Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee (Philadelphia: Author, 1849), p. 66, reprinted in Spiritual Narratives. A discussion of both of Lee’s autobiographies appears in Katherine Clay Bassard, Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999), pp. 87–107. introduction xxxv 6. See, for instance, John Marrant, A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black (Now Going to Preach the Gospel in Nova-Scotia) Born in New-York, in North-America, ed.
Peterson, Carla L. “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830–1880). New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Rael, Patrick. Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. Sterling, Dorothy. We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Norton, 1984. Takaki, Ronald. Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979. Yee, Shirley J.
For a more detailed exploration of Jacobs’s religious views, see Ann Taves, “Spiritual Purity and Sexual Shame: Religious Themes in the Writings of Harriet Jacobs,” Church History 56 (March 1987): 59–72. 20. For an account of the Port Royal Experiment in the Sea Islands of South Carolina, see Willie Lee Rose, Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964). 21. The best biography of Cary, Jane Rhodes’s Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998), also examines the development of black journalism in Charlotte Forten’s time.
Classic African American Women's Narratives (Schomburg Library of Black Women Writers) by William L. Andrews