Date of Award

Winter 1-5-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Sonali Perera

Second Advisor

Jeff Allred

Academic Program Adviser

Amy Robbins


This thesis foregrounds the import of national geography in nineteenth-century African American literature. Authors like Elizabeth Keckley and Martin Delany confront problems of national geography by interrogating illusion, rewriting geographic space, and constructing themselves within both the physical and conceptual geography of the nation. In so doing, they challenge the fallacy of a uniform national geography and attend to the myriad historical conditions that exist within geographic spaces.



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