Slave Narratives in the Early Americas: 8/31/09 Abstract Deadline

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Early American Borderlands May 13-16, St. Augustine, FL

"Slave Narratives in the Early Americas before 1845:Beyond Equiano and Douglass"

This panel seeks to continue the work begun in the recent edited collection, Beyond Douglass, by exploring slave narratives other than the iconic and ubiquitous narratives of Equiano and Douglass. Furthermore, by drawing on narratives from North America and the Caribbean, as well as South and Latin America, this panel hopes to illuminate the global nature and circulation of the slave narrative, frequently construed as a genre peculiar to the Southern United States. Papers are sought that engage with self-written and dictated narratives as well as biographies and novels based on historical facts published and circulating before 1845 such as those by or about Mary Prince, Ashton Warner, Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Quobna Cugoano, Ignatius Sancho, Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Juan Francisco Manzano, Ourika, Oroonoko, and narratives that appeared in the archives of various religious organizations such as the Catholic and Moravian churches, as well as trial and newspaper records. Questions we might consider include: How exactly do we define the slave narrative, especially in regards to these frequently fragmentary texts written before 1845? How does attention to the global or diasporic dimensions of the slave narrative affect our understanding of the genre as a whole? Why are so many early narratives not self-written? Papers that employ inter-american comparisons and multi-disciplinary perspectives are especially welcome.

Please send a 250 word abstract and brief cv to Nicole N. Aljoe ( and Ralph Bauer ( by August 31, 2009.