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Slave Narratives

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Further reading

Aljoe, Nicole N., Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1838 (Basingstoke, 2012) [electronic resource].

Blassingam, John W., 'Using the testimony of ex-slaves: Approaches and problems', The Journal of Southern History, 4 (1975).

Fisch, Audrey (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the African American Slave Narrative (Cambridge, 2007) [electronic resource].

Fleishner, J., Mastering Slavery, Memory, Family and Identity in Women’s Slave Narratives (New York, 1996).

Luis, William (ed.), Voices from Under: Black Narrative in Latin America and the Caribbean (Westport, CT, 1984).

Manzano, Juan Francisco, 'Introduction' (pp. 1-36) in The Life and Poems of a Cuban Slave, edited by Edward J. Mullen, 2nd edition (December 2014).

Molloy, S., 'From serf to self: The autobiography of Juan Francisco Manzano', Autobiographical Writing in Spanish America, 104 (1989)

Olney, James, ‘“I was born”: Slave Narratives, their Status as Autobiography and as Literature’, Callaloo, 20 (1984).

Shlensky, Lincoln, ‘“To Rivet and Record”: Conversion and Collective Memory in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative’ in Brycchan Carey and Peter J. Kitson (eds), Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition: Essays Marking the Bicentennial of the British Abolition Act (Woodbridge, 2007), pp. 110-129.

The Life of Olaudah Equiano: or, Gustavus Vassa the African (London, 1789) [there are various editions of this and it is also available electronically].

The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave, edited by Sara Salih (London, 2000).

Thomas, Helen, Romanticism and the Slave Narratives: Transatlantic Testimonies (Cambridge, 2000).

Web sites

'Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938',, accessed 4 November 2015