College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Slave, Narrative, Fiction, Literature, Antebellum
Johnson, Leeland Francis, "Free Slave: Artist Statement, Thesis, and Working Novel" (2022). Masters Theses. 911.
This is a fictional slave narrative about a young man born free and taken into slavery. He wrestles with the concepts of forgiveness and mercy as he undergoes his trials and tribulations. As I am a white man taking on this endeavor, I wrestle with the artist's statement about how much care I have taken to make this a replica of a faithful slave narrative. I hope this work will be viewed as a tributary piece.