A Companion to African American Literature (Blackwell by Gene Andrew Jarrett

By Gene Andrew Jarrett

Via a chain of essays that discover the varieties, topics, genres, old contexts, significant authors, and newest serious techniques, 'A significant other to African American Literature' provides a accomplished chronological evaluation of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the trendy day

• Examines African American literature from its earliest origins, during the upward thrust of antislavery literature within the a long time best into the Civil warfare, to the fashionable improvement of up to date African American cultural media, literary aesthetics, and political ideologies
• Addresses the newest severe and scholarly methods to African American literature
• gains essays through major tested literary students in addition to more recent voices

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It reflects nothing either to the glory or generosity of her master – if she is still his slave – except he glories in the low vanity of having in his wanton power a mind animated by Heaven – a genius superior to himself – the list of splendid – titled – learned names, in confirmation of her being the real authoress. – alas! shews how very poor the acquisition of wealth and knowledge are – without generosity – feeling – and humanity. – These good great folks – all know – and perhaps admired – nay, praised Genius in bondage – and then, like the Priests and the Levites in sacred writ, passed by – not one good Samaritan amongst them.

He portrayed Bournou as so spiritually deluded that he could have found neither salvation nor happiness had he remained there. When, in the text, he was saved from execution by being sold into Atlantic slavery, he explicitly celebrated the “miracles” that the “ALMIGHTY was pleased to work” for him, and he was grateful not just for his life, but because the Captain of a slaver chose to buy him (34–8). Africa, in Gronniosaw’s narrative, offered nothing, because living there provided no pathway to true religion.

He fortunately came to the attention of the Duke of Montagu, who was so impressed by his intelligence that he contributed books to his education. When the duke died, Sancho fled from his owners to the duke’s widow, who took him into her employ as her butler. Her heir helped Sancho establish himself as a grocer. Sancho’s financial independence as a male householder in Westminster qualified him to become the only eighteenthcentury person of African descent known to have voted in Parliamentary elections in 1774 and 1780.

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