Caliban, Is that You?: Slave Narratives and the Politics of Resistance

  • Adetayo Alabi


This chapter discusses slave narratives as counter-discourse to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The chapter examines how slave narratives from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States are related because of the experience of slavery; an example of what Frantz Fanon might call “the fact of Blackness”.1 Olaudah Equiano’s, Mary Prince’s, and Frederick Douglass’s narratives show not just their experiences of slavery, but their communal efforts at writing or speaking against their enslavement and discourses, like Christianity, that perpetuate their exploitation. On the other hand, the gender categories of the autobiographers determine their experiences and approaches to gender issues. The texts also diverge in terms of linguistic choices and geographical location.


Sexual Exploitation Slave Trade Slave Owner Slave Master Colonial Discourse 
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