Sojourner Truth

Standard Name: Truth, Sojourner
Birth Name: Isabella Hardenbergh
Self-constructed Name: Isabella Van Wagener
Self-constructed Name: Sojourner Truth
Nickname: Bell
ST , a charismatic religious and political leader (Christian revivalist, abolitionist, and feminist) in the northern states of the USA in the mid-nineteenth century, dictated her life story, a spiritual autobiography or slave narrative, to a literate transcriber in 1850. Her texts are problematic because of the other voices (voices of literate white well-wishers) which interpose themselves between author and reader. Her art was oral; she was a speaker and preacher rather than a writer (though her works include poetry as well as speeches). As a celebrity in her lifetime, she was much observed and written about, but her transcribers mostly seem to have succumbed to the temptation of fairly radical editing.


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Intertextuality and Influence Gillian Allnutt
The collection's title-poem (Sojourner), the first of the last section, is a reference to the African-American preacher Sojourner Truth who fought for the rights of Black women. This association is somewhat unclear in...
Textual Production Gillian Allnutt
GA 's poetry volume Sojourner was published with recommendations from Helen Dunmore among others.
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Theme or Topic Treated in Text Harriet Beecher Stowe
She also published articles in the Atlantic Monthly between 1857 and 1879. She wrote of slavery and emancipation, and of domestic topics. Her Sojourner Truth . The Libyan Sybil appeared in April 1963, and The...


By December 1981: Afro-American feminist bell hooks (born Gloria...

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By December 1981

Afro-American feminist bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins ) followed her first poetry collection with the first of her important works of feminist theory, Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism.


Stewart, Jeffrey C. et al. “Introduction”. Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Oxford University Press, 1991, p. xxxiii - xlvii.
Truth, Sojourner, and Olive Gilbert. Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Printed for the author, 1850.
Truth, Sojourner et al. Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Oxford University Press, 1991.
Truth, Sojourner. The Book of Life. X Press, 1999.