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Dr Yvonne Battle-Felton

Formerly at Lancaster University

Yvonne Battle-Felton

Current Teaching

Associate Lecturer: Part I Creative Writing

Research overview

I’m researching and writing about reuniting the African American family after the Emancipation. My research explores voice appropriation, created past, memory, identity, family, rupture and repair; and community. It follows multiple narratives as emancipated slave characters develop from 1860 to 1920 as I attempt to give voice to characters who are often forgotten in literature as well as in history.

My questions have evolved to: How can my novel give voice to the silence in the Black American/African American community; the novel as therapy; where does my novel fit in and explorations of narrator point of view.

Slavery forced the separation of millions of families; I’m hoping my historical fiction can help us reunite.

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