The Center for Inter-American Studies (C.IAS) cordially invites you to join us for the lecture "Story, Stylistics and the Slave Narrative: A multi-centric perspective" by Prof. Dr. Michelle Gadpaille (University of Maribor).
One of the most famous voices in the 19th-century slave narrative was Mary Prince, who maintained “few people in England know what slavery is.” In sourcing, transcribing, editing and trading narratives—between the Caribbean and North America, between Boston and Liverpool— these activists created the product we now know as the slave narrative. The aim of my scholarship has been to restore objectivity to the study of these narratives by stylistic study of the texts in the context of their public acceptability and parliamentary effectiveness. How did stories move around, from small West Indian islands, to cities on the Atlantic seaboard, to London and around in an earnest but arguably hypocritical cycle? Why were some stories better products than others? Close study of selected texts will lead to some tentative answers.
Our International Lecture Series in Inter-American History and Culture invites top-class scientists to lecture at the University of Graz. The series aims to impart Inter-American topics as well as theories and methods of the humanities and social sciences.
In line with COVID-19 safety guidelines we kindly ask you to register with Dr. Christian Cwik at christian.cwik(at)uni-graz.at.
Michelle Gadpaille (B.A. Yale, PhD. Toronto) teaches English Literature at the University of Maribor. Recently she has published the monograph The Ethical Atlantic: Advocacy Networking and the Slavery Narrative, 1830-1850.