In this Book

Early African American Print Culture
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The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw both the consolidation of American print culture and the establishment of an African American literary tradition, yet the two are too rarely considered in tandem. In this landmark volume, a stellar group of established and emerging scholars ranges over periods, locations, and media to explore African Americans' diverse contributions to early American print culture, both on the page and off.

The book's seventeen chapters consider domestic novels and gallows narratives, Francophone poetry and engravings of Liberia, transatlantic lyrics and San Francisco newspapers. Together, they consider how close attention to the archive can expand the study of African American literature well beyond matters of authorship to include issues of editing, illustration, circulation, and reading—and how this expansion can enrich and transform the study of print culture more generally.

Published in cooperation with the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: Early African American Print Culture
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Vectors of Movement
  2. p. 17
  1. 1. The Print Atlantic: Phillis Wheatley, Ignatius Sancho, and the Cultural Significance of the Book
  2. pp. 19-39
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  1. 2. The Unfortunates: What the Life Spans of Early Black Books Tell Us About Book History
  2. pp. 40-52
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  1. 3. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and the Circuits of Abolitionist Poetry
  2. pp. 53-74
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  1. 4. Early African American Print Culture and the American West
  2. pp. 75-89
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  1. Part II. Racialization and Identity Production
  2. p. 91
  1. 5. Apprehending Early African American Literary History
  2. pp. 93-106
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  1. 6. Black Voices, White Print: Racial Practice, Print Publicity, and Order in the Early American Republic
  2. pp. 107-126
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  1. 7. Slavery, Imprinted: The Life and Narrative of William Grimes
  2. pp. 127-139
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  1. 8. Bottles of Ink and Reams of Paper: Clotel, Racialization, and the Material Culture of Print
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. Part III: Adaptation, Citation, Deployment
  2. p. 159
  1. 9. Notes from the State of Saint Domingue: The Practice of Citation in Clotel
  2. pp. 161-177
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  1. 10. The Canon in Front of Them: African American Deployments of “The Charge of the Light Brigade”
  2. pp. 178-191
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  1. 11. Another Long Bridge: Reproduction and Reversion in Hagar’s Daughter
  2. pp. 192-202
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  1. 12. “Photographs to Answer Our Purposes”: Representations of the Liberian Landscape in Colonization Print Culture
  2. pp. 203-230
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  1. 13. Networking Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Hyper Stowe in Early African American Print Culture
  2. pp. 231-249
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  1. Part IV: Public Performances
  2. p. 251
  1. 14. The Lyric Public of Les Cenelles
  2. pp. 253-273
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  1. 15. Imagining a State of Fellow Citizens: Early African American Politics of Publicity in the Black State Conventions
  2. pp. 274-289
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  1. 16. “Keep It Before the People”: The Pictorialization of American Abolitionism
  2. pp. 290-317
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  1. 17. John Marrant Blows the French Horn: Print, Performance, and the Making of Publics in Early African American Literature
  2. pp. 318-339
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 341-404
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 405-407
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 409-419
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 421-422
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