Analyzes Black women’s rhetorical techniques in either autobiographical and fictional narratives of slavery.
In conversing Power, DoVeanna S. Fulton explores and analyzes using oral traditions in African American women’s autobiographical and fictional narratives of slavery. African American girls have constantly hired oral traditions not just to narrate the soreness and degradation of slavery, but additionally to have fun the subversions, struggles, and triumphs of Black adventure. Fulton examines orality as a rhetorical approach, its position in passing on relatives and private historical past, and its skill to empower, subvert oppression, assert supplier, and create representations for the earlier. as well as taking an insightful examine imprecise or little-studied slave narratives like Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon and the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Fulton additionally brings a clean viewpoint to extra wide-spread works, akin to Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents within the lifetime of a Slave Girl and Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig, and highlights Black feminist orality in such works as Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes have been staring at God and Gayl Jones’s Corregidora.
“…an bold undertaking that carves out new territory in the research of women’s writings approximately slavery, either the private narratives produced in the course of slavery and the innovative works written after emancipation.” — South Atlantic Review
“Speaking Power is a wealthy contribution to black literary feedback. Fulton … brings clean insights to common works and deals an excellent research of the interaction among speech acts and strategic silences within the narratives of African American women.” — The magazine of African American History
“…indisputably an incredible ebook which could and will effect our reconsideration of black women’s ever-resilient orality, sung and written throughout centuries of oppression.” — Biography
“…brings many important scholarly conversations jointly in one textual content. via interpreting facets of folklore in ex-slave fiction and nonfiction narrative traditions, she describes the ability and types of counter-memory according to the ‘master’ narrative of heritage in African-American feminist oral language use.” — JAC
“…Speaking Power makes an important contribution to conversations approximately pivotal connections among oral and written kinds in black women’s narratives of slavery, from its beginnings to the current day.” — MELUS
“In this e-book, Fulton offers an attractive and pedagogically commanding research of the interconnection among Black women’s oral service provider and literary illustration. Her examine files and celebrates the oral continuum that describes the merger of African American people and literary cultures. Speaking Power emerges as some extent of reference for nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century African American literary analysis.” — Joyce A. Joyce, writer of Black experiences as Human reports: serious Essays and Interviews
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