Ghost Writing and Filming Biography in Twelve/12 Years a Slave

  • Sylvie Charron


Based on an analytical study of the screen adaptation of Solomon Northup’s slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave (1853) by British filmmaker Steve McQueen (2013), this article examines the various filters between Northup’s voice and the readers or the viewers. A close study of the written words and the visuals shows that the enslaved free man’s story can only be recovered through the narratives crafted by others—David Wilson, Dr. Sue Eakin, and Steve McQueen. These documents raise questions of authorship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Maine at FarmingtonFarmington HillsUSA

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