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Harriet Jacobs

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Author

Harriet Jacobs

Year Published

1861

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Autobiography

Perspective and Narrator

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is told from a first-person point of view. This narrative point of view allows Jacobs to share intimate reflections and personal experiences.

Tense

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The inclusion of the word incidents in the title of Jacobs's autobiography describes its episodic nature, telling the reader the text will focus on key moments that illuminate the female slave's life. The subtitle, "Written by Herself," stresses Jacobs, not a ghostwriter, penned the narrative, which addresses common criticisms that slave narratives were not penned by slaves and reinforces the veracity of this report.

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