The Early Caribbean Slave Narrative

Exhibit: The Early Caribbean Slave Narrative 

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Nicole N. Aljoe

Associate Professor

Department of English

Northeastern University

Boston, August 2013

About this scholar’s exhibit

To read the full length essay by Nicole N. Aljoe that helped shape this curated exhibit please see, "Caribbean Slave Narratives.” In The Oxford Handbook of African American Slave Narratives. Ed. John Ernest. New York: Oxford University Press.


Early Caribbeanist scholar Nicole N. Aljoe argues that "just as the institution [of slavery] itself was global, so too, was the genre." Akin to the US slave narratives, testimony by enslaved people of the Caribbean operated as part of a complex transatlantic/hemispheric print network. While like the US narratives, however, the Caribbean narratives are intended to communicate specific details about the nature and experiences of enslavement, they also push the boundaries of the genre itself in ways that are "quite distinct in form, theme, and content."

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slave narrative


West Indies

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Essay: Introduction to the Caribbean Slave Narrative

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