The Plantation in the Postslavery Imagination

The Plantation in the Postslavery Imagination

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The Plantation in the Postslavery Imagination examines the persistent presence of the plantation in trans-American literatures of the last century. Russ conceives the plantation to be not primarily a physical location, but rather an ideological and psychological trope through which intersecting histories of the New World are told and retold. The permutations of this imagined site (as something related to but separate from the real plantation) illuminate a number of fundamental issues of concern in Latin American and transnational American studies. The book's comparative analyses engage in debates over gender, race, and nation by emphasizing a series of differences: between modern and postmodern imaginaries, the United States and Spanish America, and continental and island plantation societies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019537715X
  • 9780195377156
  • 1,643,110

About Elizabeth Christine Russ

Elizabeth Christine Russ is Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Latin American Literature at Southern Methodist University.show more

Review quote

She provides tools with which to think about complex or problematic transnational artistic works, literary and otherwise, that reflect cross-cultural postslavery imaginations and literally or symbolically recall the plantation. * Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal *show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: THE PARADOXICAL PLANTATION; CONCLUSION; WORKS CITED; NOTES; INDEXshow more