Speaking power : Black feminist orality in women's narratives of slavery /
DoVeanna S. Fulton.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2006.
xvi, 164 p.
079146637X (alk. paper), 9780791466377 (alk. paper)
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c2006.
079146637X (alk. paper)
9780791466377 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
DoVeanna S. Fulton is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University
Review Quotes
"In this book, Fulton provides an engaging and pedagogically commanding investigation of the interconnection between Black women's oral agency and literary representation. Her study documents and celebrates the oral continuum that describes the merger of African American folk and literary cultures.
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Main Description
In Speaking Power, DoVeanna S. Fulton explores and analyzes the use of oral traditions in African American women's autobiographical and fictional narratives of slavery. African American women have consistently employed oral traditions not only to relate the pain and degradation of slavery, but also to celebrate the subversions, struggles, and triumphs of Black experience. Fulton examines orality as a rhetorical strategy, its role in passing on family and personal history, and its ability to empower, subvert oppression, assert agency, and create representations for the past. In addition to taking an insightful look at obscure or little-studied slave narratives like Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon and the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Fulton also brings a fresh perspective to more familiar works, such as Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Harriet Wilson's Our Nig, and highlights Black feminist orality in such works as Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Gayl Jones's Corregidora. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Preface: Black Feminist Orality: Identifying a Traditionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: "So my mother told me": African American Women's Writing and Oral Traditionsp. 1
Speak Sisters, Speak: Oral Empowerment in Louisa Picquet, The Octoroon; The Narrative of Sojourner Truth; and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlp. 21
Tale-Baring and Dressing Out: Black Women's Speech Acts That Expose Torture and Abuse by Slave Mistresses in Our Nig, Sylvia Dubois, and The Story of Mattie J. Jacksonp. 41
Strategic Silence: Respectability, Gender, and Protest in Iola Leroy and Contending Forcesp. 61
"Will the circle be unbroken": (Dis)Locating Love within the Legacy of Slavery in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Corregidorap. 81
Black Girls Singing Black Girls' Songs: Exploring the Wounds of Slavery to Heal Contemporary Pain in Beloved, Dessa Rose, Kindred, and The Gilda Storiesp. 101
Coda: Sister Griot-Historians: Representing Events and Lives for Liberationp. 123
Notesp. 127
Bibliographyp. 145
Indexp. 159
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