Presenter Status

Graduate Student, English Department

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Location

Buller Hall, Room 250

Start Date

24-5-2019 9:40 AM

Presentation Abstract

The intellectual influence given to Phillis Wheatley by her white owners allowed for the young slave to cultivate her craft of poetry, which led to her achievement in becoming the first African woman to publish a book. Wheatley’s accomplishments earned her international popularity and eventual freedom from her life as a slave. However, her emancipation proved detrimental for her career as she lost the support and resources needed to publish another book of poetry. Regardless, the poetry she crafted in her short lifetime, and the boundaries she surpassed as an African slave in the 18thcentury, led to a much larger establishment of accomplishments that paved the way for African American writers for centuries to come.

Biographical Sketch

Alyssa Hunt is a first-year graduate student at La Sierra University, currently pursuing her MA in English (Literature and Composition). Alyssa teaches the first year composition series at the university, and after graduation she hopes to attain a PhD.

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May 24th, 9:40 AM

The Bondage of Freedom: Phillis Wheatley’s Struggle in Slavery and Emancipation

Buller Hall, Room 250

The intellectual influence given to Phillis Wheatley by her white owners allowed for the young slave to cultivate her craft of poetry, which led to her achievement in becoming the first African woman to publish a book. Wheatley’s accomplishments earned her international popularity and eventual freedom from her life as a slave. However, her emancipation proved detrimental for her career as she lost the support and resources needed to publish another book of poetry. Regardless, the poetry she crafted in her short lifetime, and the boundaries she surpassed as an African slave in the 18thcentury, led to a much larger establishment of accomplishments that paved the way for African American writers for centuries to come.