LIFE AND NARRATIVE
The Life of Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)
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The Narrative of Olaudah Equiano
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SOURCES AND FURTHER READING
There are several editions of Equiano’s narrative. A scholarly edition is this one:
- Equiano, Olaudah, and Werner Sollors. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African : An Authoritative Text. New York: Norton, 2000.
An online edition accessible for free is this one:
- Olaudah Equiano. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself. 2 Vols. London: Olaudah Equiano, 1789. Documenting the American South (DocSouth). Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina, 2001. Vol. 1: Equiano_Narrative_1. Vol. 2: Equiano_Narrative_2
Selected Research Literature
- Carretta, Vincent. Equiano, the African : Biography of a Self-Made Man. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2005.
- Carretta, Vincent, and Philip Gould. Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.
- Hanley, Ryan. Beyond Slavery and Abolition: Black British Writing, c. 1770-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- Moten, Fred. Stolen Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.
- Radcliffe, Kendahl, et al., eds. Anywhere but Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015.
- Wheelock, Stefan M. Barbaric Culture and Black Critique: Black Antislavery Writers, Religion, and the Slaveholding Atlantic. University of Virginia Press, 2016.
- Zafar, Rafia. We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
Note: As there are numerous research articles and chapters published on Eqianop and his narrative, only a selection of relevant books is listed here.
ONLINE RESOURCES AND LINKS
- “Olaudah Equiano.” Equiano Society, 2019. https://equiano.uk/
- “A Son of Africa.” Directed by Alrick Riley. California Newsreel, 1996. Alexander Street, https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/a-son-of-africa
General Interest and Educational Sources
- Bennett, Cecilia. “Shackled by Language: The Representation and Self-Representation of English-Speaking Black Voices in Black Atlantic Writing.” Recording from the English Graduate Conference, University of Oxford, 1 June 2012. https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/shackled-language-representation-and-self-representation-englishspeaking-black-voices
- Gerzina, Gretchen. “Britain’s Black Past: Olaudah Equiano.” BBC Radio 4, 7 Oct 2016. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wtkg5
- “The Extraordinary Equiano.” BBC 4, 2005. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQaF4BNY9LA
- “Podcast 004.2: Olaudah Equiano.” The Writer Who Reads, 27 Feb 2018. https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-writer-who-reads/episode/podcast-004-2-olaudah-equiano-53493772
- The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African by Olaudah Equiano. Loyal Books, 2017. https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-interesting-narrative-of-the-life-of-_WjAIOCGgnx/
- “This Evil Trade: Olaudah Equiano and Abolition. Preparation materials for videoconference / virtual classroom.” The National Archives’ Education Service, 2011. https://nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/education/this-evil-trade-pack.pdf