Research Focus Group Talk: Origin Story: The Narrative of James Williams and the Formation of the African American Slave Narrative

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Teresa Goddu

November 1, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

4080 HSSB
UC Santa Barbara

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This talk provides a material history of the American Anti-Slavery Society’s first sponsored slave narrative, The Narrative of James Williams (1838), and illuminates how its publication and the controversy that surrounded it shaped the development of the genre as a whole.

Teresa Goddu is Associate Professor of English & American Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation (1997) and the forthcoming book, Selling Antislavery: U.S. Abolition and the Rise of Mass Media.

Sponsored by the IHC’s Slavery, Captivity, and the Meaning of Freedom RFG and the English Department’s American Cultures in Global Contexts Center


November 1, 2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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