Introduction

Introduction to the Project

 

Astrid Haas standing next to a poster

 

This interdisciplinary project studies transnational autobiographies by black authors in the Americas during the Age of Revolutions and its aftermath (1760-1860). During the period, large parts of the Americas gained their independence from the European colonial powers. Simultaneously, black-authored narrative texts emerged in the region. Among them, autobiographies played a key role in asserting black identities and agency.

The research is the first of its kind to study these text types from across the Americas from 1760-1860. It focuses on different forms of mobility black people exercised. It examines four types of black life narratives of the period in which spatial, social, and cultural mobilities played a role. They include slave narratives, Indian captivity narratives, memoirs of Christian missionaries, and memoirs-as-travelogues.

See also the slides of an introductory lecture about the project: Intro Lecture Slides

 


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