Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)

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Open access websites

A short biography of Olaudah Equiano, which could be useful for a first orientation

A very interesting and detailed page: it includes a map of Equiano's travels, an annotated bibliography of Equiano studies, extracts from "the Interesting Narrative" and this page discusses the question of Equiano's place of birth. Furthermore we can find other useful weblinks on Equiano. A very useful page for research on Equiano.

This page includes a short summary and a timeline of the life of Olaudah Equiano. This page offers some starting points for interpretation and discussion and also some weblinks.

Editorial text, offering a great deal of information required for an understanding and appreciation of Equiano. Especially in terms of contextualizing it might be useful.

Brief summary of the novel with useful and interesting links, concerning Equiano's biography, the importance of his narrative and his people in general.

Autobiographical facts about Equiano - best selling author and abolitionist.

Basic knowledge and information for example on Equiano's "Early Life", "Enslavement", "Family in Britain", "Last days and will" etc.:

Restricted access

  • ECCO?

Campus library

Few books can be found in our library about Mr. Equiano. There are just some editions of his autobiography. You can find something about slave trade in general (search words like "slave trade", "18th century" + "slavery", ...):

  • Slaves who abolished slavery (soz 505 BA 7643)
  • The Caribbean slave trade (his 716 jam AX 2435)
  • The African slave trade from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century (soz 505 AS 8058)
  • The business of abolishing the British slave trade (soz 505 3ke CE 6880)
  • ...

It is recommendable to use the "Freitextsuche", for you will get more search results!

Furthermore, you might find some essays/books/... via GVK, which are available in our campus library, but which you cannot find via ORBIS.

Inter-library loan

Many essays on Equiano, slave trade, ... can be found via the GVK!

About Equiano’s life and doings (diverse views on his autobiography and his life):

  • An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745 – 1797
  • An intergenerational model of posttraumatic stress disorder in the African American community : an analysis of the autobiographies of Olaudah Equiano, Harriet A. Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes
  • Equiano and anti-slavery in eighteenth-century Belfast
  • Olaudah Equiano, an early Nigerian Informant (1789) - a search for his original home
  • Witnessing the Middle Passage : trauma and memory in the narratives of Olaudah Equiano and Venture Smith and in Toni Morrison's Beloved
  • ...

About cultural aspects (what did other African writers experience - forms of protest, the debate on human rights,... ):

  • Black Atlantic writers of the eighteenth century : living the new exodus in England and the Americas
  • Genius in bondage : literature of the early Black Atlantic
  • Measuring the moment : strategies of protest in eighteenth-century Afro-English writing
  • Sea-changes and identities : dislocation and the narrative formation of cultural self-concepts (Olaudah Equiano, James Baldwin, William Gardner Smith)
  • The Black aesthetic unbound : theorizing the dilemma of eighteenth-century African American literature
  • The trickster comes west : Pan-African influence in early Black diasporan narratives
  • ...


Equiano and Religion:

The last paragraph is about religion. Gives some interesting facts.

And some other articles which might be interesting and fit into the topic as well, all of them available via “Fernleihe“:

  • Shlensky, Lincoln. "'To Rivet and Record': Conversion and Collective Memory in Equiano's Interesting Narrative." Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition: Essays Marking the Bicentennial of the British Abolition Act of 1807. Eds. Brycchan Carey and Peter J. Kitson. Cambridge, England: Brewer, 2007. 110-29.
  • Elrod, Eileen Razzari. "Moses and the Egyptian: Religious Authority in Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative." African American Review 35.3 (2001 Fall): 409-25.

Equiano and Slave Trade:

Again some articles which are available via “Fernleihe“:

  • Boulukos, George. The Grateful Slave: The Emergence of Race in Eighteenth-Century British and American Culture. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2008.
  • Collins, Janelle. "Passage to Slavery, Passage to Freedom: Olaudah Equiano and the Sea." Novel: A Forum on Fiction 39.1 (2005 Fall): 209-23.
  • Bozeman, Terry S. "Interstices, Hybridity, and Identity: Olaudah Equiano and the Discourse on the African Slave Trade." Studies in the Literary Imagination 36.2 (2003 Fall): 61-70.

This article is not available via “Fernleihe“, but it sounded so interesting that I do want to mention it. It’s mostly about what the title sais and has an interesting view on slavery:

  • DeRosa, Robin. "Nothing in the Trunk: Parody in the Narrative of Olaudah Equiano." Assimilation and Subversion in Earlier American Literature. Ed. Robin DeRosa. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2006. 68-82.

Equiano in general:

These articles are about the Narrative or Equiano in general and also available via “Fernleihe“:

  • Earley, Samantha Manchester. "Writing from the Center or the Margins? Olaudah Equiano's Writing Life Reassessed." African Studies Review 46.3 (Dec. 2003): 1-16.
  • Carretta, Vincent. Equiano the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 2005.

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