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Bryan Sinche
University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT 06117-1599)
Published by Himself: Self Publication and Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

Research and writing of one chapter of a book on self-published writings by African Americans in the nineteenth century.

PUBLISHED BY HIMSELF blends book historical and literary critical methods to examine the extensive and significant corpus of self-published African American writing of the long nineteenth century. In PUBLISHED BY HIMSELF, I focus on the material facts of publication and underscore the significance of publication as a tool for negotiating the challenging economic world in which so many African Americans lived. Additionally, because PUBLISHED BY HIMSELF recovers and evaluates a set of writings that has escaped critical attention, it invites a new set of authors into discussions of nineteenth-century African American writing, and forces us to reconsider the economic value and signifying power of printed books, and the meanings of publication and authorship.

Project fields:
African American Studies; American Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/15/2021 – 7/14/2021