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We Wear the Mask by Zafar, Rafia
We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870
by Zafar, Rafia
 
Uncovers the strategies early African American writers used both to create an African American identity and to make their visions and stories accessible to white readers. Beginning with Phillis Wheatley and John Marrant, who created popular literature by using formulas like that of the Puritan narrative, and ending with the subversive work of Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckley, Zafar argues that black writers tried every literary strategy--from mimicry and masking to invisibility--as a means of promoting empathy and as a way of transcending the attitudes of mainstream America. By the end of Reconstruction, black authors had paved the way for a distinctive African American literature.
 
Published November, 1997 by Columbia University Press, Paperback, 264 Pages, ISBN: 9780231080958, ISBN-10: 0231080956, List Price $32.00.

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