Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl"
Looks at a contemporary interpretation of Harriet Jacobs' autobiography "Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl".
# 118615 | 1,725 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Feb 10, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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This paper explains that, in recent decades, Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl", published in 1861, is being interpreted as a narrative not only about a slave but also about a woman, a victim of a sexual abuser and a mother who sacrifices her chances for freedom to protect her children. The Christianity of the slaves in the story, the author relates, is demonstrated by the ways they use their Christian faith as a tool in the lives of slave and the master and mistress. The paper concludes that Jacob's narrative still holds relevance in the need for Christians to fight racism, sexism and discrimination.
From the Paper:"This is designed to offend the reader's Christian sense of honor and decent behavior. One is reminded of the old maid, buying the old female slave in order to release her, and this compares unfavorably with it. It is also made clear that Dr Flint takes sexual advantage of the women under his power, and several have his babies, although Mrs. Flint is callous to their suffering. ...
"As we are told that the baby is 'nearly white', the presumption that Dr Flint is the husband, as he is of other children."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Beardslee, Karen. E "Through Slave Culture's Lens Comes the Abundant Source: Harriet A Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" Melus Spring 1999.
- Jacobs, Harriet Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Gutenburg Ebook, February 2004.
- Schovanec, Anna "Distortion of the Familial Bonds in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" (2004) http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Critique/review_fiction/incidents_in_the_life_of_a_slave_girl_by_harriet_jacobs.html
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