what is the difference between slave narrative and neo-slave narrative?Comparision between slave naraive and fictions in terms of aims of writing

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The difference between a slave narrative and a neo-slave narrative could be compared to the difference between primary and secondary sources.

Based on personal experience, a slave narrative is a first hand testimony of slavery.  As a primary source, slave narratives are not accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.  A well-known example of a slave narrative.  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a slave narrative, because it was written during his lifetime, from Douglass' own personal experience.

Neo-slave narratives are fictional.  Instead of being written from personal experience, these stories are created by contemporary authors who use historical information, research, and a healthy dose of imagination.  Shirley Anne Williams' novel Dessa Roseor Middle Passageby Charles Johnson are both great examples of a neo-slave narrative. 


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