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Genius in Bondage

Literature of the Early Black Atlantic

Vincent Carretta (Editor), Philip Gould (Editor)


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Until fairly recently, critical studies and anthologies of African American literature generally began with the 1830s and 1840s. Yet there was an active and lively transatlantic black literary tradition as early as the 1760s. Genius in Bondage situates this literature in its own historical terms, rather than treating it as a sort of prologue to later African American writings. The contributors address the shifting meanings of race and gender during this period, explore how black identity was cul.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813122038, 280pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2001