Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Constance J. Post

Second Advisor

Jane Davis

Third Advisor

Amy Slagell

Abstract

At an auction in 2001, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Director of African American Studies at Harvard discovered an unpublished manuscript, The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts, which immediately became a hotbed for critical commentary because of the controversy surrounding the identity of its author and its genre. Gates hypothesized that Crafts was an African-American fugitive slave and that The Bondwoman's Narrative falls into one (or more) of the following categories: sentimental, slave narrative, or gothic. Though Crafts borrows from the gothic and slave narrative traditions, what has been overlooked in the scholarly conversation is the critical commentary she makes about the destructive nature of slavery and patriarchy through her use of the sentimental genre. Specifically, the themes of death and madness (thought to be problems primarily for white women) to critique these systems make this book an exceptional find.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16534

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Natalie L. Meyer

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453118

OCLC Number

235241115

ISBN

9780549541882

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

66 pages

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