WebQuest - Harriet Jacobs
Incidents in the Life of the Slave Girl
Use the web to complete each of the following web quest sections. For each section, I have provided a starter website; however, I encourage you to make your own Internet searches regarding each section topic.
In the period during which Harriet Jacobs lived, she was known as a regionalist and a realist author, having written about her own personal experiences in North Carolina. Her contemporary, Mark Twain, was known for stories depicting small-town America and was classified as a realist as well as a naturalist writer. Because Jacobs is viewed as a woman who stopped at anything to risk falling back into slavery, including the use of her sexuality to escape it, many literary critics do not see her as a feminist narrator. You will be your own judge after reading the text; however, define the following ‘literary’ terms using the suggested websites.
Realism - the attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly
Feminist – one who publicly supports social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men
Regionalist – someone who practices regional rather than central systems of administration or economic, cultural, or political affiliation
Answer the following questions separately or all together in paragraph form. If you use different websites other than those listed, please record them and add them to your journal.