University of Mississippi

Telling Our Stories: Continuities and Divergences in Black Autobiographies

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by Adetayo Alabi
Telling Our Stories investigates the continuities and divergences in selected Black autobiographies from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. The selected autobiographies of slaves, creative writers, and political activists are discussed both as texts produced by individuals who are in turn products of specific societies at specific periods and as interconnected books. The book pays particular attention to the various societies that produce the autobiographies directly to identify influences of environmental and cultural differences on the texts. To foreground the network these autobiographies form, on the other hand, the study adopts cross-cultural and postcolonial reading approaches to examine the continuities and divergences in them.