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Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Tess Chakkalakal


This book unravels the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom through renewed readings of canonical nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors. Situating close readings of fiction alongside archival material concerning the actual marriages of authors such as Lydia Maria Child, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Wells Brown, and Frank J. Webb, the book examines how these early novels established literary conventions for describing the domestic lives of American slaves in describing their aspirations for personal and civic freedom. Exploring this theme in ... More

Keywords: slavery, freedom, Lydia Maria Child, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Wells Brown, Frank J. Webb, American slaves, literary conventions, civic freedom, marriage law reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036330
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tess Chakkalakal, author
Bowdoin College