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Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives
Title: Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives
Authors: Jennifer Fleischner
Material Type: printed text
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 1996
ISBN (or other code): 978-0-8147-2630-3
Size - Page: 232
Languages: English
Class number: 04.3.2 (History of the African diaspora)
Keywords: History ; History of Africa ; History of the African diaspora ; Biography ; History and criticism ; Slaves' writings, American ; Slavery ; United States ; Women
Abstract: In Mastering Slavery, Fleischner draws upon a range of disciplines, including psychoanalysis, African-American studies, literary theory, social history, and gender studies, to analyze how the slave narratives--in their engagement with one another and with white women's antislavery fiction--yield a far more amplified and complicated notion of familial dynamics and identity than they have generally been thought to reveal. Her study exposes the impact of the entangled relations among master, mistress, slave adults and slave children on the sense of identity of individual slave narrators. She explores the ways in which our of the social, psychological, biological--and literary--crossings.

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