The Other Interesting Narrative: Olaudah Equiano's Public Book Tour

@article{Bugg2006TheOI,
  title={The Other Interesting Narrative: Olaudah Equiano's Public Book Tour},
  author={John Bugg},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  year={2006},
  volume={121},
  pages={1424 - 1442}
}
  • John Bugg
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
This essay examines the pre- and posthistory of The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789). Opening with a reconsideration of Vincent Carretta's influential claim that Equiano fabricated an African birthplace, I consider how Equiano's strategies of self-fashioning inform his trailblazing book tour of the British Isles in the early 1790s. If Equiano self-consciously designed his autobiography to become a best seller, his book tour performed the… Expand
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