Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself | Critical Essay by Michael Bennett

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.
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SOURCE: Bennett, Michael. “Anti-Pastoralism, Frederick Douglass, and the Nature of Slavery.” In Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism, edited by Karla Armbruster and Kathleen R. Wallace, pp. 195-210. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2001.

In the following essay, Bennett discusses Douglass's Narrative as an antipastoral text that privileges the freedom associated with urban spaces over the rural areas linked to the worst abuses of plantation slavery.

If we separate the term “ecocriticism” into its two components, its parameters seem clear: “criticism,” engaging in analytical reading practices, and “ecological,” focusing these practices on environmental concerns. In theory, then, ecocriticism could be applied to any cultural artifact since every cultural text issues from, and envisions, a particular relationship with its environment. In practice, however, ecocriticism has tended to focus on...

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