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Tess Chakkalakal Book Release Celebration: "Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America"

  • 12/5/2012 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Location: Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
  • Event Type: Lecture

Tess Chakkalakal Book Release Celebration: "Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America"Join us for a reading and reception celebrating the release of Tess Chakkalakal's new book.
 
Tess Chakkalakal is associate professor of Africana Studies and English, as well as director of the Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin. Her research and teaching focuses on American and African American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century.

Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America examines the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom through renewed readings of nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors.

Kenneth W. Warren, author of What Was African American Literature?, says of Chakkalakal's book: "Exploring the paradox represented by slave marriage in nineteenth-century American fiction, Novel Bondage deftly revises our reading of canonical works, offering a clearer understanding of these texts as direct participants in critiquing marriage as a legal institution."

The book was recently awarded the Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book by the Canadian Association for American Studies.

Novel Bondage (University of Illinois Press) is available for purchase at the Bowdoin College Bookstore.

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the English Department.