Fictional engagements with Slavery in College/University Contexts


Let's use this space to discuss cases in fiction in which slavery is depicted or alluded to, within institutions of higher learning.



Mark Twain and Charles Warner's novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873) recounts a fraudulent scheme in Congress, ostensibly to establish a university for Freedmen. (on GoogleBooks)



Ralph Ellison. The Invisible Man. College president Dr. Bledsoe keeps a leg shackle from slavery times, as a "symbol of our progress". Evoked in the confrontation scene with the narrator. Discussed in:
Per Winther. "Imagery of Imprisonment in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man Black American Literature Forum, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Autumn, 1983), pp. 115-119 (on JSTOR)