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

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.