Excavating the Voice: Literature of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women

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This roundtable discussion will discuss the ways in which literature by African-American women in the nineteenth century discusses motherhood, slavery, madness, spirituality, challenges to patriarchy and sexuality. In particular, how do African-American women's voices in nineteenth-century American culture situate themselves within the cults of womanhood and domesticity in the midst of tremendous adversary? How, then, did these women struggle to establish, cultivate, and protect a sense of home even if it was merely 'home' within the individual self?

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