Olaudah Equiano Analysis

Bibliography (Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Acholonu, Catherine Obianju. “The Home of Olaudah Equiano: A Linguistic and Anthropological Search.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 22 (1987). Analyzes Equiano’s transcription of Igbo words to trace Equiano to his native village.

Baker, Houston. Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. Applies Foucaultian terminology of “ruptures” and “seismic shifts” to the economics of slavery and commercial deportation in Equiano’s autobiography.

Costanzo, Angelo. Surprising Narrative: Olaudah Equiano and the Beginnings of Black Autobiography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. Explores the role that Equiano’s autobiography has had in fostering black autobiographical works.

Fichtelberg, Joseph. “Word Between Worlds: The Economy of Equiano’s Narrative.” American Literary History 5 (Fall, 1993). Perceptively explains Equiano’s economic antislavery argumentation as bourgeois British abolitionism.

Gates, Henry Louis, ed. The Classic Slave Narratives. New York: New American Library, 1987. A discussion of Equiano’s autobiography in a larger context.

Marren, Susan. “Between Slavery and Freedom: The Transgressive Self in Olaudah Equiano’s Autobiography.” PMLA 108 (January, 1993). Interprets the significance of Equiano’s ironically “transgressive” narrative voice.