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Harriet E. Wilson

(c. 1825—1900)

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abolitionism

abolitionism  

A term associated with protest on grounds of inhumanity and a call for the abolition of slavery (see, for example, the arguments of William Wilberforce, 1759–1833). More recently extended to the ...
adolescence

adolescence  

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n. the stage of development between childhood and adulthood. It begins with the start of puberty, which in girls is usually at the age of 12–13 years and in boys about 14 years, and usually lasts ...
African American literature

African American literature  

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The body of writing or performed art produced by African slaves and their descendants in America. One of its earliest forms was the slave narrative where the author describes the ...
African-American Reading Network

African-American Reading Network  

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Projects designed to make visible the writings of African-Americans date back to 1827 with the founding of the first black periodical, Freedom's Journal, and Carter G. Woodson's Journal of Negro ...
canon

canon  

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A body of approved works, comprising either (i) writings genuinely considered to be those of a given author; or (ii) writings considered to represent the best standards of a given literary ...
collaboration

collaboration  

The issue of collaborative writing calls into question many traditional notions about authorship, texts, and textual production, notions that have been instrumental in evaluating women's writing in ...
Cross-Racial Relations

Cross-Racial Relations  

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Historically, cross-racial relations among women in the United States have often been marked by exclusion, exploitation, and appropriation. In the fight for women's equality, many white women refused ...
fiction

fiction  

The general term for invented stories, now usually applied to novels, short stories, novellas, romances, fables, and other narrative works in prose, even though most plays and narrative poems are ...
Frado

Frado  

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By the time Harriet Wilson wrote Our Nig (1859) and introduced Frado to the fictional world, many mulattas, with “glossy ringlets” and “creamy” skin, had graced the pages of American fiction. Frado ...
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  

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(1950–)Americanliterary critic and historian specializing in African-American studies. Born in Virginia, Gates completed his undergraduate degree at Yale, during which time he spent a year ...
historical fiction

historical fiction  

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The origins of the British historical novel are congenital with those of the Gothic novel, in the larger‐than‐life conceptions of Elizabethan and ‘heroic’ Restoration drama. Deeper roots can be ...
Our Nig

Our Nig  

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The year 1859 was a year of important “firsts” for African American women's writing. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's short story “The Two Offers” appeared, and Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig became the ...
sentimental novel

sentimental novel  

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An emotionally extravagant novel of a kind that became popular in Europe in the late 18th century. Partly inspired by the emotional power of Samuel Richardson's Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740), the ...
sexism

sexism  

The inability or refusal to recognize the rights, needs, dignity, or value of people of one sex or gender. More widely, the devaluation of various traits of character or intelligence as ‘typical’ of ...
Wilson, Harriet

Wilson, Harriet   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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(1808–c.1870), wrote the first novel by an African-American published in the U.S.: Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North, Showing ... More
Wilson, Harriet E.

Wilson, Harriet E. (1825-1900)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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2002
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Rarely has an author's identity been so instrumental in the reclamation of her writing. Long thought to be white, Harriet

Wilson, Harriet E. Adams

Wilson, Harriet E. Adams   Reference library

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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2005
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(1828?–1870?), author of Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story House, North, Showing That Slavery's Shadows Fall Even There...

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