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Fugitive Testimony: On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives

Janet Neary


Fugitive Testimony traces the African American slave narrative across the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in order to rethink the epistemological limits of the form and to theorize the complicated interplay between the visual and the literary throughout its history. Gathering an archive of ante- and post-bellum literary slave narratives and visual art, the book redraws the genealogy of the slave narrative in light of its emergence in contemporary art and brings visual and performance theory to bear on the genre’s central problematic: that the ex-slave narrator must be both object and subject of ... More

Keywords: Henry Box Brown, William Craft, Elizabeth Keckley, Glenn Ligon, narrative performance, Solomon Northup, representational static, slave narrative, textual visuality, Kara Walker

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823272891
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823272891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Neary, author
Hunter College, CUNY