Digression, Slavery, and Failing to Return in the Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke
Abstract

This essay investigates Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke (1845) for its digressions. In studying Clarke’s resistance to the “back there” of slavery, this essay locates digression as a topos for enunciating the abstract self and the self-in-relation, which achieve legibility in Clarke’s narrative through rupture, postponement, and misdirection.


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