Harriet Jacobs reading notes

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Harriet Jacobs (reading notes) 1. Introduction a. Her goal is to present the female side of slavery, to fill in the gaps men have left out i. “Writing an unprecedented mixture of confession, self-justification and societal expose, Jacobs turned her autobiography into a unique analysis of the myths and realities that defined the situation of the African American woman and her relationship to the nineteenth century’s ‘ cult of womanhood’ ” pg.279 1. Note word choice: Cult. One must be accepted into this exclusive group where to be a woman means to adhere to the specific customs and gender roles in the nineteenth century society 2. Preface a. Notice her writing style: she is very defensive and begins many of her
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Unformatted text preview: sentences by stating what she expects people to judge her on and then attempts to justify herself i. “I have not written my experiences in order to attract attention to myself; on the contrary…” pg.281 3. Ch.1: Childhood a. Set the stage as Eden: one of family and warmth b. 2 accounts of injustices: i. “the honor of a slaveholder to a slave” pg.282 --the lending of money to her master ii. “notwithstanding my grandmother’s long and faithful service to her owners, not one of her children escaped the auction block” pg.283 4. Ch.2: The New Master and Mistress a....
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This note was uploaded on 05/20/2010 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Adams during the Spring '10 term at UBC.

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