We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870 Rafia Zafar

ISBN: 9780231080941

Published: November 6th 1997

Hardcover

249 pages


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We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870  by  Rafia Zafar

We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870 by Rafia Zafar
November 6th 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 249 pages | ISBN: 9780231080941 | 9.49 Mb

Uncovers the strategies early African American writers used both to create an African American identity and to make their visions and stories accessible to white readers. Alongside these pioneers of black American literature Zafar juxtaposes some familiar European American Writers. Beginning with Phillis Wheatleys implicit engagements with other colonial era poets, and ending with the ultimately tragic success story of Elizabeth Keckley, ex-slave, seamstress, and confidante to a First Lady, black authors employed virtually every dominant literary genre while cannily manipulating the nature of their presence.



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