At this point in time, Melissa was choosing to read books by herself
at snack time.
Harriet Jacobs's 1861 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, demonstrates the extent of Keckley's optimistic embrace of capitalism.
Written by Herself: Literary Productions by African American Women, 1746-1892.
A nice Jewish chanteuse accomplished enough to get on The Ed Sullivan Show by herself
, Barbra's sister was poised and apparently at peace with the freakish hand dealt her by fate; Dolly's sister Stella was sassy blues singer; Cher's looked cute in her old nose.
Jacobs's fictionalized slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, as Written by Herself
, focusing on the scenario of seduction that occurs in Incidents when Linda Brent (Jacobs's pseudonymous identity) explains her decision to "give herself" to a white man named Mr.
"Dancers aren't encouraged to think for themselves." She developed more solo work; when a would-be impresario's offer to fund a show for Becket and a group of dancers fell through, Becket auditioned for jobs alone, dancing all the parts she'd choreographed for the show by herself
. Eventually, she began to tour her solos at schools and universities, dancing up to three shows daily and driving long distances in between engagements.
Everything in the work resembles Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl: Written by Herself: the strident, moral voice of the former slave recounting and remembering her ordeal in bondage, the harrowing scenes of physical abuse at the hands of both a slave master and a jealous slave mistress, the master's refusal to allow the slave girl to marry the man of her choice - a free black man - and the pivotal moment when the slave decides to rebel and take her stand for freedom.
One of the many aspects of this narrative that interests me is the phrase "Related By Herself" included in its title.
In addition to the orality signaled by the phrase "Related By Herself," the phrase also depicts Prince as giving testimony to the slaves' true feelings about slavery: "I have been a slave myself - I know what slaves feel - I can tell by myself what other slaves feel, and by what they have told me.