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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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 511-534
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-28
Open Access
No
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