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Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World$
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Fionnghuala Sweeney

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310782

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313141

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Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World
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DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313141.009

Frederick Douglass was confronted with the dilemma of representation in the complex social, cultural, and political milieu of the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. His Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself showed a generic and formal flexibility that testifies to his increasing personal status and narrative authority, as well as confirming the recalibration of his socio-political stance. Douglass's articulation of dialect spaces revealed his capacity to engage with and manipulate both dominant and subversive modes of contemporary representation and resistance. In his representation of Haiti, he counteracted negative representations of that country in the United States. Both the potential and the realities of African American influence in international and imperial contexts of global modernity come into focus in Douglass' work.

Keywords:   Frederick Douglass, personal status, narrative authority, dialect spaces, Haiti, United States, global modernity

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