Fugitive Borders

Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid-Nineteenth Century

Fugitive Borders explores a new archive of 19th-century autobiographical writing by black authors in North America. For that purpose, Nele Sawallisch examines four different texts written by formerly enslaved men in the 1850s that emerged in or around the historical region of Canada West (now known as Ontario) and that defy the genre conventions of the classic slave narrative. Instead, these texts demonstrate originality in expressing complex, often ambivalent attitudes towards the so-called Canadian Promised Land and contribute to a form of textual community-building across national borders. In the context of emerging national discourses before Canada's Confederation in 1867, they offer alternatives to the hegemonic narrative of the white settler nation.

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2018-12-19, 218 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4502-6

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Nele Sawallisch, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Deutschland

Author(s)
Nele Sawallisch
Book title
Fugitive Borders Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid-Nineteenth Century
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
218
Features
kart., Klebebindung
ISBN
978-3-8376-4502-6
DOI
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB HBTB JFFN
BISAC-Code
LIT004020 HIS054000 SOC007000
THEMA-Code
DSB NHTB JBFH
Release date
2018-12-19
Edition
1
Topics
Migration, Kulturgeschichte, Amerika, Literatur
Readership
Black Studies, Transnational American Studies, Literary Studies, Literary History, Border Studies
Keywords/Tags
Black Canada, 19th Century, Slave Narrative, Life Writing, Borders, Literary History, Literature, America, Cultural History, American Studies, Migration, Literary Studies

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