ENGL 062. Classic Black Autobiography

An introduction to the origins of African American autobiography, examining criminal confessions, slave narratives, and other personal narratives from the Revolutionary period to the early Jim Crow era. Emphasizing the significance of autobiography as a practice rather than simply a document, we will consider the key features of an emerging autobiographical tradition, the textual strategies that black narrators have employed, and the contextual concerns that have shaped them. 
18th/19th c.
1 credit.
Eligible for BLST
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature

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