"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" Book Review by Scholar13

"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"
An examination of racial identity formation through Harriet Jacobs' book, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."
# 115558 | 2,848 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 | US


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Description:

This paper highlights the intellectual thought of Harriet Jacobs in her book, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," as a theological response to the paradoxical stronghold of racial identity formation and the production of the body in modern social space. The paper discusses the content of the autobiography and examines the significance of Black Christianity.

Table of Contents:
Explorations of the Broad Problem
Harriet Jacobs enters the Broad Problem
Significance of Black Christianity

From the Paper:

"Throughout this discussion we have been able to observe, implicitly and explicitly, the function of black Christianity. For Douglas, black Christianity is a reflex. He redefines aspect of Christology to fit the social and political dynamics that have come to dominate. For Dubois religious striving is equivalent to cultural domination. Jacobs and Du Bois are different in that they attempt to use their Christology as a way out, as a counterpoint. Now the question becomes what is the significance of black Christianity? Simply put, through the paradoxical stronghold of racial identity formation and the production of the body in modern social space, black Christianity becomes a method, which attempts to function as a way out or as an answer to the problem."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2003.
  • J.K Carter. Black Intellectuals and Religion. Class Notes. 1-09 through 4-09.
  • J.K Carter. Introduction to Christian Theology. Class Notes. 8-08 through 12-08.
  • Henry Louis Gates. The Classic Slaves Narratives. New York, NY: New American Library, 1987.
  • Saidya V. Hartman. Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1997.

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APA Format

"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" (2009, August 02) Retrieved July 06, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/incidents-in-the-life-of-a-slave-girl-115558/

MLA Format

""Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"" 02 August 2009. Web. 06 July. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/incidents-in-the-life-of-a-slave-girl-115558/>

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