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The Apparition of the Little Giant

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Frederick Douglass is celebrated for many reasons. He is known for his rhetorical gallantry. He is respected as an efficient and effective orator. He is remembered as an abolitionist. He is studied in contemporary literature. For years however, he has gone largely unnoticed in the genre of Southern literature, a genre which he helped pioneer and shape into a field that comprises over half of America’s literary prowess. I take works from Mark Twain and William Faulkner to show how Douglass’ techniques clearly resonated with these two titans of literature, and ultimately influenced a great amount of their work. I begin by laying the foundation for the rhetoric he created, seguing into his persuasive influence on Southern literature, and end with an analysis of Douglass’ role as an American philosopher. It is my hope that my work brings readers the same sense of assurance and conviction that his work gave to me. It is my hope that I can inspire as I was inspired.
subject
American literature
Frederick Douglass
Mark Twain
Narrative
Rhetoric
Southern writer
contributor
Molina, Shiara (author)
Zulick, Margaret (committee chair)
Boyle, Anne (committee member)
French, Timothy N (committee member)
date
2017-01-14T09:35:25Z (accessioned)
2017-01-14T09:35:25Z (available)
2016 (issued)
degree
Liberal Studies (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/64189 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
The Apparition of the Little Giant
type
Thesis

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