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Neo-Slave Narratives Out of Canada

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HEIKE PAUL, presenter:
Although Canada is the destination and the place where many slaves and fugitive slaves are trying to get to (note its troping as new canaan), it remains conspicuously absent from both historical slave narratives (as noted by Robin Winks, among others) and from (most) contemporary neo-slave narratives. The two texts that I would like to discuss problematize the idealization of Canada as well as its absence in fictional texts about slavery and abolitionism. In that sense, Marlene Nourbese Philip's novel _Harriet's Daughter_ (1989) as well as the more recent _Elijah from Buxton_ (2008) by Christopher Paul Curtis can be seen as addressing slavery as well as its aftermath from a perspective North of the US-Canadian border. Both works are aimed at "young adults," both partake in various traditions of black writing -- ranging from the traditional slave narrative to the contemporary black immigrant experience -- and both investigate issues of historiography and (cultural, spatial) memorial practices.
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Paul, Heike. "Neo-Slave Narratives Out of Canada" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p509317_index.html>

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Paul, H. "Neo-Slave Narratives Out of Canada" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p509317_index.html

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Abstract: HEIKE PAUL, presenter:
Although Canada is the destination and the place where many slaves and fugitive slaves are trying to get to (note its troping as new canaan), it remains conspicuously absent from both historical slave narratives (as noted by Robin Winks, among others) and from (most) contemporary neo-slave narratives. The two texts that I would like to discuss problematize the idealization of Canada as well as its absence in fictional texts about slavery and abolitionism. In that sense, Marlene Nourbese Philip's novel _Harriet's Daughter_ (1989) as well as the more recent _Elijah from Buxton_ (2008) by Christopher Paul Curtis can be seen as addressing slavery as well as its aftermath from a perspective North of the US-Canadian border. Both works are aimed at "young adults," both partake in various traditions of black writing -- ranging from the traditional slave narrative to the contemporary black immigrant experience -- and both investigate issues of historiography and (cultural, spatial) memorial practices.


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Revisiting Memory: Repetitious Slave Narratives and Neo Slave Narratives in American Consciousness

The Proto-Neo Slave Narrative: Remembering Slavery in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Poetry


 
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