Scenes of Subjection

Scenes of Subjection : Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

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Hartman shows how the violence of captivity and enslavement was embodied in many of the performance practices that grew from, and about, slave culture in antebellum America. Using tools of anthropology, history, and literary criticism, Hartman examines a wealth of material, including songs, dance, stories, diaries, narratives, and journals. Hartman analyses the presentations of slavery and blackness in minstrelsy; the constructions of slave culture in 19th century ethnographic writings and the political consciousness of folklore.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 161.5 x 237.7 x 24.1mm | 644.11g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195089839
  • 9780195089837

About Saidiya V. Hartman

Saidiya Hartman is Associate Professor of English at the University of California-Berkeleyshow more

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Audacious....Original and provocative....What Hartman has to say about both slavery and its continuing resonances should be heard as widely as possible....A major scholarly contribution to the project of expanding and refining the nation's political memory. * The Nation *show more

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