Accepted paper:

Enslavery of Africans in "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equino" and "The Book of Negroes"


Melike Yilmaz (McMaster University)

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Paper long abstract:

The West African coastal region where the transatlantic slave trade is most intense extends from Nigeria to Benin Republic and Togo to Ghana (former Gold Coast). Slaves were taken from the inner regions to the coastal areas to be traded as a result of the inability of the Europeans to explore the inner regions because of their poor understanding of the African landscape, the people and also due to natural conditions and diseases (such as malaria, etc.) Africans were enslaved in a variety of ways. Consequently, in many published works, the process of capturing the slaves from the villages to the point of sale (Coast) is not explained in detail. In this study, we will focus on two literary works, one of which is the narratives of a kidnapped slave - in The Interesting Narrative of The Life of Olaudah Equiano - and the other is a contemporary masterpiece - The Book of Negroes. With these works, we will mainly focus on the forceful removal of slaves from inner parts of West Africa.

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African colonization and decolonization in lì‡terature