The Autobiographical Elements in Arna Borntemps’ Novel Black Thunder

Ocak Yeltekin E., Görmez A.

1. International Anglo-American Cultural and Literary Studies, Mersin, Turkey, 16 - 18 November 2022, pp.142

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Mersin
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.142
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Arna Bontemps‘ Black Thunder is a celebration of revolution known as a historical novel of the 1800 Gabriel‘s Revolt. Arna Bontemps explained his experiences in this book with the protagonist Gabriel Prosser. The troubles experienced during the period and the events against slavery were told in the example of the protagonist, Gabriel. By comparing the historical events with the experiences of the protagonist, autobiographical examples will be mentioned. When the book is viewed from an autobiographical perspective, historical sections should also be included. The revolt that is experienced emerges as an inner voice of the people of the period. The historical, economic, social, and literary signs of progresses of the author‘s time are given in the novel. African-American authors, regardless of where they come from, have been the subject of their past, troubles, and racial discrimination, which is the problem of the period. Arna Bontemps also described the effects of his period and the difficulties of black people‘s lives in his novel Black Thunder. Arna Bontemps related a historical event that happened in real life and created an important work by adding events from his own life. In this study, the historical reality of the author's period will be revealed while examining the autobiographical elements.

Keywords: Autobiography, Historical events, Black Thunder, Slavery