Approaches to Teaching Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Lynn Domina
contact email: 

Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most frequently taught texts—it appears on syllabi for American literature, African American literature, American history, life writing, and gender or women’s studies courses. It is taught in high schools as well as in colleges and universities. Yet, very few resources are currently available for instructors.

Submission are invited, therefore, for a new volume in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching series on Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Proposed contributions should incorporate a clear pedagogical focus. Possible themes could include the literary, social, historical, political, ideological, and cultural contexts of the narrative, comparisons between Incidents and other texts, the reception and publication history of the narrative, the genre of slave narratives, violence and the threat of violence, editorial collaboration, and many others.  

Interested contributors should first complete the survey available on the MLA’s website: . Then submit a 500-word abstract as well as a brief c.v. to the editor, Lynn Domina, at

Deadline for survey and abstracts: November 1, 2019.