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Fugitive borders: black Canadian cross-border literature at mid-nineteenth century

Authors and Corporations: Sawallisch, Nele (Author)
Title: Fugitive borders: black Canadian cross-border literature at mid-nineteenth century/ Nele Sawallisch
Dissertation Note: Dissertation, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 2016
Language: English
Bielefeld transcript [2019]
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Series: American studies ; volume 13
Item Description: 1 Online-Ressource (218 Seiten)
ISBN: 9783839445020
DOI: 10.14361/9783839445020
Fugitive Borders explores a new archive of 19th-century autobiographical writing by black authors in North America. For that purpose, Nele Sawallisch examines four different texts written by formerly enslaved men in the 1850s that emerged in or around the historical region of Canada West (now known as Ontario) and that defy the genre conventions of the classic slave narrative. Instead, these texts demonstrate originality in expressing complex, often ambivalent attitudes towards the so-called Canadian Promised Land and contribute to a form of textual community-building across national borders. In the context of emerging national discourses before Canada's Confederation in 1867, they offer alternatives to the hegemonic narrative of the white settler nation.