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Date: April 2, 2004 (04-40) 

Montgomery College to Present Talk About Slave Narratives
Dr. Carla Peterson Examines Works by Frederick Douglass
and Harriet Jacobs April 28

The Montgomery College American Studies Group at the Takoma Park Campus presents Dr. Carla Peterson and her lecture entitled  ďThe Slave Narrative: The Example of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, Ē on Wednesday, April 28, from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.  The event will be held in the Bliss Room, located in the Commons building, at Montgomery College-Takoma Park, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.

Focusing on Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, Dr. Peterson will provide a history of the slave narrative Ė its sponsorship by white abolitionists, its major themes, its narrative form, and finally its efforts to appeal to both black and white readers.  An English professor at the University of Maryland, Dr. Peterson will use excerpts from Frederick Douglassís 1845 Narrative and Harriet Jacobsís Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) to discuss how the slave narrative became more impersonal over time. 

Dr. Petersonís own books include Doers of the Word: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880) and The Determined Reader: Gender and Culture in the Novel from Napolean to Victoria.  She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University and her bachelorís degree from Radcliffe College.

The lecture with Dr. Carla Peterson is co-sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council.  For more information, call 240-567-1385. 

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