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Each Hour RedeemTime and Justice in African American Literature$
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Daylanne K. English

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679898

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.001.0001

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Ticking, Not Talking: Timekeeping in Early African American Literature

Ticking, Not Talking: Timekeeping in Early African American Literature

(p.25) 1 Ticking, Not Talking: Timekeeping in Early African American Literature
Each Hour Redeem

Daylanne K. English

University of Minnesota Press

I develop the relationship between the material history of timekeeping and the content and form of 18th and 19th century African American and Black Atlantic texts, including: Gronniosaw’s and Equiano’s slave narratives, Wheatley’s poetry, and Douglass’s autobiographies. I argue that early African American writers’ ideas about, and experiences of, time produce more useful tropes than does Gates’s discursive “talking book.”

Keywords:   African American literature, Time, Timekeeping, Strategic anachronism, Strategic presentism, Citizenship, Justice, Political fictions, Legal history, Pragmatism

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