Analyzing the relationship between transatlantic slavery and motherhood in The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave Narrative. Related by Herself

dc.contributor.advisor Lamore, Eric D. Reyes Roman, Jessica E. College of Arts and Sciences - Arts en_US
dc.contributor.committee Chansky, Ricia
dc.contributor.committee Sefranek, Mary
dc.contributor.committee Rivera, Rosita
dc.contributor.department Department of English en_US
dc.contributor.representative Ferrer, José 2018-01-26T18:18:50Z 2018-01-26T18:18:50Z 2015
dc.description.abstract This thesis begins by exposing the lack of literary study of female slave narratives. It then moves to analyze The History of Mary Prince in the following order: 1) Outline of Prince’s life: who she was and her origin; 2) A discussion on the development of a slave’s identity, specifically Prince’s; 3) Prince, a slave who gained empowerment through her role as a maternal figure; 4) Prince’s history as a text that displays autobiographical tendencies; 5) The public sphere’s role in introducing Prince’s slave narrative to English society; and 6) The importance of Prince’s history in the twenty first century. Different theories were used as reference within this thesis such as Paul Gilroy’s theory of the Black Atlantic to present how Mary Prince’s life experiences as a slave formed her identity along with Patricia Hill Collins’s theory of the othermother to situate Prince as an empowered, respectable woman in the eyes of British society. Hill Collins’s theory of the othermother is particularly important in this thesis because it allows the reader to perceive how Prince used her role as an othermother to request ultimately her freedom and expose her experiences to the English public. I also rely on James Olney’s essays outlining the conventions for a slave narrative to point out how the manner in which Prince’s History was edited displays autobiographical tendencies. Jürgen Habermas’s theory of the public sphere helps to explain how Prince and Thomas Pringle introduced her History into the public sphere in order to gain nineteenth-century British society’s acceptance of herself and of other enslaved peoples. en_US
dc.description.graduationSemester Spring en_US
dc.description.graduationYear 2015 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.holder (c) 2015 Jessica E. Reyes Roman en_US
dc.rights.license All rights reserved en_US
dc.subject Slavery in literature en_US
dc.subject Slavery in fiction en_US
dc.subject Slavery and women en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prince, Mary. -- History of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Slave narratives. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Slavery in literature. en_US
dc.title Analyzing the relationship between transatlantic slavery and motherhood in The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave Narrative. Related by Herself en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication English Education en_US M.A.E.E. en_US
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