Embodying American Slavery in Contemporary Culture

Embodying American Slavery in Contemporary Culture

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This study explores contemporary novels, films, performances, and reenactments that depict American slavery and its traumatic effects by invoking a time-travel paradigm to produce a representational strategy of "bodily epistemology." Disrupting the prevailing view of traumatic knowledge that claims that traumatic events are irretrievable and accessible only through oblique reference, these novels and films circumvent the notion of indirect reference by depicting a replaying of the past, forcing present-day protagonists to witness and participate in traumatic histories that for them are neither dead nor past. Lisa Woolfork cogently analyzes how these works deploy a representational strategy that challenges the divide between past and present, imparting to their recreations of American slavery a physical and emotional energy to counter America's apathetic or amnesiac attitude about the trauma of the slave past.show more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 2. Aufl
  • 0252033906
  • 9780252033902

About Lisa Woolfork

Lisa Woolfork is an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia.show more

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"Woolfork's book builds on recent work in African American studies and psychoanalytic theory by Cathy Caruth, Claudia Tate, Hortense Spillers, and Saidiya Hartman, challenging and confronting the divides between past and present, freedom and slavery, as they are reenacted bodily and textually in contemporary US culture. Recommended"--Choiceshow more

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