Slavery Narratives class offered this fall

Think slavery no longer exists? The new Slavery Narratives class will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about slavery. 

Jean CadetStudents who enroll in the class, Slavery Narratives (ENGL 4370/5370), will have the opportunity to meet author, Jean R. Cadet, who is a former child slave and a world-renown abolitionist.

According to Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar, professor in the UALR English Department, the class will explore major traditional slave narratives, neo-slave narratives, and contemporary abolitionist texts.

Slavery Narratives

Students will read texts such as Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl, Written by Herself and Sage Jesse and Liora Kasten’s Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery.

“In addition to the readings, students will participate in a service-learning project which will enhance their understanding of the course’s major themes, and help them develop their resume and network with community organizations and potential future employers,” said Barrio-Vilar.

Slavery Narratives (ENGL 4370/5370) will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:50 p.m. as an undergraduate and graduate-level class.

Go to BOSS to register now. The class is listed under the Subject heading, “English.”

For more information about the Slavery Narratives course, contact Barrio-Vilar at or 501. 569.8317.

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