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The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel
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The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel

Julia Sun-Joo Lee

Abstract

This book investigates the shaping influence of the American slave narrative on the Victorian novel in the years between the British Abolition Act and the American Emancipation Proclamation. In a period when few books sold more than five hundred copies, slave narratives sold in the tens of thousands, providing British readers vivid accounts of the violence and privation experienced by American slaves. The book argues that Charlotte Brontë, W. M. Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, and Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson integrated into their works generic elements of the slave narrativ ... More

Keywords: African-American, Victorian, transatlantic, transnational, slavery, slave narrative, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390322.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Sun-Joo Lee, author
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)
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