Classic Slave Narratives

With Shih Penglu, Joe Lockard worked with translators to edit these American slave narratives, the second volume in an Antislavery Literature Series, into Chinese. William Andrews and Lockard contributed this volume's preface, which includes narratives by Olaudah Equiano (trans. Shih Penglu), Frederick Douglass (trans. Cei Beiling) and Josiah Henson (trans. Tu Manman).

With the exception of translation editions of works by Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass (whose 1845 memoir the series also includes), the study of this body of literature was almost completely devoid of Chinese-language resources until the publication of this series, so they took care to incorporate a variety of voices.

Each publication in the series includes an introduction in order to provide historical and biographical context, as well as a cross-cultural teaching guide that addresses not only students but also teachers.


Co-editor Joe Lockard is associate professor of English in literature at Arizona State University.

Cover of Witness co-edited by Joe Lockard
Date published
Shanghai Jiaotong University Press