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Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Michael A. Chaney


This book provides a critical introduction to David Drake, or Dave the Potter, an enslaved pottery maker and author of inscribed verses and couplets, who lived and worked in Edgefield, South Carolina, from the 1830s until the Civil War period. Various scholars, artists, and historians in the present volume join together to interpret the meaning of a figure who signed the prodigious vessels he made with the single name “Dave.” Topics in the volume range from considerations of the production forces shaping Dave the Potter’s activity to a study of the West African traces of artistry and religion ... More

Keywords: African American literature, African American poetry, Dave the Potter, David Drake, slavery, slave crafts, slave ceramics, American pottery, slave literacy, slave writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199390205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199390205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Chaney, author
Associate Professor of English, Dartmouth College

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