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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Dr Jenny Terry: Voicing the Human - Self and Authority in African American and Caribbean Ex-Slave Narratives

19th March 2009, 17:15, Seminar Room, Department of Anthropology

This is the tenth lecture in the Rhetoric of Personhood Seminar Series.

With a focus on eighteenth and nineteenth century autobiographical narratives by former slaves composed with abolition in mind, Jennifer Terry will explore questions of self-fashioning and the persuasive voice.

The seminar will pose that complex negotiations of models of authority and humanness by such narrators sought to challenge dominant definitions of their being and to prompt new forms of external recognition. Where previous literary criticism has described transformative processes of 'discovery' and 'becoming' perhaps those of performing and voicing might be found more helpful?

Contact m.b.carrithers@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.