CFP: [Ethnic] Encyclopedia of Slavery and Freedom in American Literature (Deadline 1/10/09)

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Timothy M.Robinson
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Encyclopedia of Slavery and Freedom in American Literature (Deadline 1/10/09)

Contributors sought for a work tentatively entitled The Encyclopedia of
Slavery and Freedom in American Literature. This book is scheduled to be
published by Facts on File in 2010.

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to provide a comprehensive and accessible
catalog on the subject of slavery in American literature. It will identify
the most important and influential literary works, authors, abolitionists
and historical figures, and it will define and explain various
terminologies and subjects related to American slavery in American

The primary markets for this encyclopedia will be high schools, colleges,
and special libraries. It will be written in a manner that is
comprehensible to the constituents of each market while remaining accurate
and intellectual.

For the first phase of this project, I am seeking submissions in the
following areas: Slave Narratives/Biographies, Works of Fiction, Drama, and
Concepts/History/Persons. The deadline for entries is 1/10/09.


If you would like to contribute to this encyclopedia, please send an email
to In your e-mail, list the entries that you would
like to write and briefly describe your qualifications and research.

Dr. Timothy Mark Robinson
Bates College
205 Pettigrew Hall
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Tel. 207.786.6314


Preliminary List of Writers/Works to Be Covered

Short entry (S) = approx. 500 words
Medium entry (M) =1000-1200 words
Long entry (L) =1500-2000 words

Slave Narratives/Biographies:
Life and Narrative of William J. Anderson, Twenty-four Years a Slave…(M)
Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb (M)
Narrative of William W. Brown (M)
A Slave’s Adventures toward Freedom: Not Fiction, but the True Story of a
Struggle (Peter Bruner) (S)
Memories of Childhood’s Slave Days (Annie L. Burton) (S)
Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis and Milton Clark (S)
Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (William and Ellen Craft) (M)
>From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or Struggles for Freedom (Lucy Delaney) (M)
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (L)
The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (M)
My Bondage and My Freedom (Frederick Douglass) (L)
A Slave Girl’s Story (Kate Drumgoold) (M)
The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa the African (L)
A Brand Plucked from the Fire (Julia Foote) (M)
Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert
Ukawsaw Gronniosaw (S)
Narrative of Briton Hammon (S)
Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave (M)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harriet Jacobs) (L)
Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years as a Slave and Four Years in the White
House (Elizabeth Keckley) (L)
Fugitive Blacksmith (James W.C. Pennington) (S)
The History of Mary Prince (M)
The Interesting Narrative of Venture Smith (M)
Reminiscences of My Life in Camp (Susie King Taylor) (M)
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (L)
Confessions of Nat Turner (L)
The Narrative of Bethany Veney, a Slave Woman (S)
Up from Slavery (Booker T. Washington) (L)
The Life and Adventure of Zamba, an African Negro King; And His Experience
of Slavery in South Carolina (M)

Francis Colburn Adams: Our World, or, The Slaveholder’s Daughter (M)
Russell Banks: Cloudsplitter (L)
Gustave de Beaumont: Marie, or Slavery in the United States(M)
Aphra Behn: Orinooko (L)
David Bradley: The Cheneysville Incident (L)
Harriet Hamline Bigelow: The Curse Entailed (M)
Arna Bontemps: Black Thunder (M)
William Wells Brown: Clotel, or, the President’s Daughter (L)
Octavia Butler: Kindred (L)
Lydia Maria Child: The Quadroons (M)
        Slavery’s Pleasant Home and Other Stories
(significant individual stories may be covered separately)
        Loo Loo (S)
        Malem Boo, A Brazilian Slave (S)
         Romance of the Republic (L)
Charles Chesnutt: The House Behind the Cedars(L)
        The Marrow of Tradition (L)
        Stories from The Wife of His Youth and The Conjure Woman,including:
        â€œThe Wife of His Youth” (M)
        â€œThe Goophered Grapevine” (M)
        â€œUncle Wellington’s Wives” (M)
        â€œThe Passing of Grandison” (M)
 Kate Chopin: “Le Belle Zoriade” (S)
         â€œDesiree’s Baby” (M)
Austin Clarke: The Polished Hoe (L)
Michelle Cliff: Free Enterprise (L)
Julia C. Collins: The Curse of the Caste (M)
Maryse Conde: I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (L)
J. California Cooper: Family(L)
        The Wake of the Wind (L)
Desmos. Old Toney and His Master, or, The Abolitionist and the Land Pirate (S)
David Anthony Durham: Walk Through Darkness (M)
Ralph Ellison: “Flying Home” (S)
Alex Haley: Roots (L)
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: “Two Offers” (S)
        Iola Leroy (L)
Joel Chandler Harris: Uncle Remus stories
        Free Joe (M)
        Daddy Jake the Runaway (M)
Mary B. Harland: Ellen, or, The Chained Mother (S)
Caroline Lee Hentz: A Planter’s Northern Bride (S)
Manu Herbstein: Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade (S)
Richard Hildreth: The White Slave, or Memoirs of a Fugitive (S)
Lawrence Hill: The Book of Negroes (S)
        Any Known Blood (M)
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Contending Forces (M)
Marie-Elana John: Unburnable (M)
Charles Johnson: Middle Passage (L)
Edward P. Jones: The Known World (L)
Ishmael Reed: Flight to Canada (S)
Gayl Jones: Corrigadora (L)
Paule Marshall: Praisesong for the Widow (L)
Valerie Martin: Property (M)
Herman Melville: Benito Cereno (L)
        Moby Dick (M)
Margaret Mitchell: Gone with the Wind (M)
Toni Morrison: Beloved(L)
        Song of Solomon (L)
Alice Dunbar Nelson: “Sister Josepha” (S)
Mary Hayden Green Pike: Ida May (S)
Smith H. Platt: The Martyrs and the Fugitive (S)
John Stearns: Alluthinai, a Tale of Slavery (S)
Ishmael Reed: Flight to Canada (M)
Barbara Chase-Ribaud: Sally Hemings: A Novel (L)
Caroline Rush: The North and South, or, Slavery and Its Contrasts: A Tale
of Real Life (S)
Harriet Spofford: Escape to Freedom (M)
         The Amber Gods (L)
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin (L)
        Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (L)
        Dred (M)
        The Minister’s Wooing (M)
        Old Town Folks (M)
        â€œThe Two Altars, or Two Pictures in One” (M)
William Styron: The Confessions of Nat Turner (L)
Lalita Tademy: Cane River (M)
Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn (L)
        â€œA True Story” (S)
Margaret Walker: Jubilee (M)
Sherley Ann Williams: Dessa Rose (M)
John Edgar Wideman: “Dambala” (M)
Harriet Wilson: Our Nig (L)

The Fugitives [anonymous] (S)
The Kidnapped Clergyman [anonymous] (S)
Uncle Tom’s Cabinâ€"George Aiken (M)
Dutchmanâ€"Amiri Baraka (M)
The Octaroonâ€"Dion Boucicault (M)
The Escape, or, A Leap for Freedomâ€"William Wells Brown (M)
The Stars and Stripesâ€"Lydia Maria Child (M)
The Darker Face of the Earthâ€"Rita Dove (M)
Dessalinesâ€"William E. Easton (M)
The Drinking Gourdâ€"Lorraine Hansberry (M)
The Reverend Griffith Davenportâ€"James A. Herne (S)
Peculiar Sam; or, The Underground Railroadâ€"Pauline Hopkins (S)
Heaven Boundâ€"Lula B. Jones and Nellie L. Davis (S)
The Guerrillasâ€"James D. McCabe (S)
The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire Worldâ€"Suzan Lori Parks (M)
Slaves of Algiers, or a Struggle for Freedom--Susanna Rowson (M)
The Christian Slaveâ€"Harriet Beecher Stowe (S)
Our Lan’â€"Theodore Ward (S)
Gem of the Oceanâ€"August Wilson (M)
The Piano Lesson (M)
The Colored Museumâ€"George C. Wolfe (M)

Glossary of Concepts/History/Persons:
Abolition Movement (including discussion of the role of women and the role
of religious groups as authors and audience of its literature) (L)
Amanuensis (S)
Amistad (S)
John Brown (S)
Captivity Narrative (S)
Civil War (M)
Dialect writing (S)
Emancipation Proclamation (L)
Freedom Papers (S)
Fugitive Slave Act (S)
Gabriel’s Rebellion (S)
William Lloyd Garrison (S)
Gothic literature (S)
Haitian Revolution (S)
The Liberator(S)
The North Star (S)
Toussaint L’Overture (S)
Kansas-Nebraska Act (S)
The Middle Passage (L)
Manumission (S)
Missouri Compromise (S)
Nat Turner’s Rebellion (S)
Neo-Slave Narrative (L)
“One drop” law (S)
Oral tradition (M)
Plantation literature (S)
Reconstruction (S)
Dred Scott (S)
Sentimental Novel (M)
Slave Narrative (L)
Spirituals (S)
“Tragic mulatto” (S)
Transcendentalists (and their involvement in abolition) (S)
Harriet Tubman (S)
Underground Railroad (M)
Denmark Vesey (S)
Work songs (S)

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