The Representation and Self-Representation of English-Speaking Black Voices in Black Atlantic Writing

Cecilia Bennett
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How the tensions between the English language and black voice have evolved, and how they continue to influence modern thought

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Cecilia Bennett considers the use of the English language in black Atlantic narratives. These include Olaudah Equiano's 1789 work, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself, and Andrea Levy's 2010 work, The Long Song. She explores the way in which a tension between the English language and black voice has evolved over time and the extent to which it continues to influence modern thought.


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