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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Captivity, Slavery, and Uncle Tom's Cabin

Slave narratives and captivity narratives tell the sometimes harrowing and heartbreaking stores of persons who experience terrible loss and suffering at the hands of others. Frederick Douglass, an American slave, and Mary Rowlandson, and English emigre held by Native Americans, wrote classic examples of these stories. In telling these true stories the writers reveal a great deal concerning cultural norms of their day and the state of their religious beliefs and practices. This session offers three papers discussing the distinctions between slave and captivity narratives; each paper also discusses Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin as it incorporates elements of both genres.

Presenters: Jessie Brown (Undergraduate Student)
Margaret Farris (Undergraduate Student)
Jonathan Kerner (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)

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