The Slave's Rebellion

The Slave's Rebellion : Literature, History, Orature

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Episodes of slave rebellions such as Nat Turner's are central to speculations on the trajectory of black history and the goal of black spiritual struggles. Using fiction, history, and oral poetry drawn from the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa, this book analyzes how writers reinterpret episodes of historical slave rebellion to conceptualize their understanding of an ideal "master-less" future. The texts range from Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave and Alejo Carpentier's The Kingdom of this World to Yoruba praise poetry and novels by Nigerian writers Adebayo Faleti and Akinwumi Isola. Each text reflects different "national" attitudes toward the historicity of slave rebellions that shape the ways the texts are read. This is an absorbing book about the grip of slavery and rebellion on modern black more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 16mm | 340.2g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253217776
  • 9780253217776

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"Adeeko... makes a valuable contribution to studies of the black diaspora by drawing together observations of slave rebellions from the US, Africa, and the Caribbean." -Choice, June 2006 With this volume, Adeeko (Adeeko) (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) makes a valuable contribution to studies of the black diaspora by drawing together observations of slave rebellions from the US, Africa, and the Caribbean. As he did in Proverbs, Textuality, and Nativism in African Literature (1998), the author reads widely in oral and written literatures. He argues that, because accounts of antislavery violence tend to look to both the past and the future, they are uniquely useful in revealing a continuing arc of black intellectual thought. Beginning with African American fiction from before the Civil War and continuing through Reconstruction and into the anticolonial movement that spread through Africa and the Caribbean in the mid, 20th century, Adeeko (Adeeko) applies Hegel's allegory of lordship and bondage to a consideration of texts by Nat Turner, Charles Chesnutt, Arna Bontemps, C. L. R. James, Alejo Carpentier, et al., and also of Yoruba oriki (praise poetry). His conclusion, that stories of slave rebellions can inform a corrective to the intellectual passivity of black poststructuralism, is satisfying and well earned. Like many works of postcolonial criticism, this volume is marked by language dense with the jargon of critical theory. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.C. A. Bily, Adrian College, Choice, June 2006show more

About Adeleke Adeeko

Adeleke Adeeko is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado, more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Hegel's Burden: The Slave's Counter Violence in Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Literature2. Nat Turner and Plot Making in Early African American Fiction3. Reverse Abolitionism and Black Popular Resistance: The Marrow of Tradition4. Slave Rebellion, the Great Depression, and the "Turbulence to Come" for Capitalism: Black Thunder5. Distilling Proverbs of History from the Haitian War of Independence: The Black Jacobins6. Slave Rebellion and Magical Realism: The Kingdom of This World7. Slavery in African Literary Discourse: Orality contra Realism in Yoruba Oriki and Omo Olokun Esin8. Prying Subaltern Rebellious Consciousness Out of the Clenched Jaws of Oral Traditions: Efunsetan Aniwura9. Reiterating the Black Experience: Rebellious Material Bodies and Their Textual Fates in Dessa RoseConclusion: What Is the Meaning of Slave RebellionNotesBibliographyIndexshow more