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Unexpected PlacesRelocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature$
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Eric Gardner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732832

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732832.001.0001

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(Re)Locating “Hannah Crafts”

(Re)Locating “Hannah Crafts”

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(p.173) Epilogue (Re)Locating “Hannah Crafts”
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Unexpected Places
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Eric Gardner

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732832.003.0006

This book concludes with a series of short and provocative close and contextualized readings of texts not considered in the previous chapters. Among those better-known texts, the author has been most fascinated with The Bondwoman’s Narrative, a manuscript novel published for the first time in 2002 that may or may not be semiautobiographical. It tells a rich first-person story of a young woman’s experiences in slavery and eventual escape. Several features of The Bondwoman’s Narrative connect to the questions in this study in complex ways. The author, however, is particularly drawn to the fact that the protagonist-narrator’s final home looks very much like the New Jersey black homes in William Steward’s John Blye. The protagonist-narrator is also a strong woman advocating the use of the textual to aid both nascent black nationalism and domestic values.

Keywords:   manuscript novel, final home, New Jersey black homes, William Steward, protagonist-narrator, nascent black nationalism, domestic values

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