The Slave in the Swamp

Disrupting the Plantation Narrative
The Slave in the Swamp
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In 19th century plantation literature, the runaway slave in the swamp was a recurring "bogey-man" whose presence challenged myths of the plantation system. By escaping to the swamps with its wild and threatening connotations, the runaway gained an invisibility that was more threatening to the institution than open rebellion. In part, the proslavery plantation novel served to transform that image of the free slave in the swamp from its untouchable, abstract state to a form that could be possessed, understood, and controlled. Essentially, writers defending the institution would conjure forth the rebellious image in order to dispel it safely.

Authors: Cowan, William Tynes, 1963-
Statement of Responsibility: William Tynes Cowan
Title: The slave in the swamp
disrupting the plantation narrative
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2005
Characteristics: ix, 285 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-276) and index
Subject Headings: Southern States In literature Plantation life in literature Fugitive slaves in literature American fiction Southern States History and criticism Slavery in literature American fiction 19th century History and criticism
Topical Term: Plantation life in literature
Fugitive slaves in literature
American fiction
Slavery in literature
American fiction
LCCN: 2004024935
ISBN: 0415972167
Research Call Number: Sc E 05-206
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