Contemporary Narratives of Slavery

By Elizabeth Cali

Given the debates about what genre conventions define the neo-slave narrative tradition, some scholars – most notably Arlene Keizer – have adopted the nomenclature of “contemporary narratives of slavery” to include a broader range of novels representing racial slavery across the globe. This is an expansive novelistic genre by African American and Black Diaspora writers which represents and explores experiences of enslavement and struggles for liberation as the central focus of the narrative.