While Waiting for 12 Years a Slave to Arrive at the local theatre …

28 Oct

The newly released film 12 Years a Slave is getting generally positive reviews from scholars so far.

While the film has not arrived around here yet, here’s a thoughtful consideration of the film in relation to Frederick Douglass, by Jeannine Marie DeLombard of the University of Toronto:

If a few years ago you had conducted a survey among historians and critics of American literature to predict which slave narrative would be first to get the Hollywood treatment, it’s doubtful anyone would have named Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, A Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana (1853).

Hands down, pretty much everyone would have guessed that the first to hit the silver screen would be Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.

(It so happens that in my Following Jesus in America course, we just finished dealing with Douglass’ Narrative.)

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