Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum

Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum

by Vivian Nun Halloran
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813928664

ISBN-13: 9780813928661

Pub. Date: 10/23/2009

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Exhibiting Slavery examines the ways in which Caribbean postmodern historical novels about slavery written in Spanish, English, and French function as virtual museums, simultaneously showcasing and curating a collection of "primary documents" within their pages. As Vivian Nun Halloran attests, these novels highlight narrative "objects" extraneous to their

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Exhibiting Slavery examines the ways in which Caribbean postmodern historical novels about slavery written in Spanish, English, and French function as virtual museums, simultaneously showcasing and curating a collection of "primary documents" within their pages. As Vivian Nun Halloran attests, these novels highlight narrative "objects" extraneous to their plot—such as excerpts from the work of earlier writers, allusions to specific works of art, the uniforms of maroon armies assembled in preparation of a military offensive, and accounts of slavery's negative impact on the traditional family unit in Africa or the United States. In doing so, they demand that their readers go beyond the pages of the books to sort out fact from fiction and consider what relationship these featured "objects" have to slavery and to contemporary life. The self-referential function of these texts produces a "museum effect" that simultaneously teaches and entertains their readers, prompting them to continue their own research beyond and outside the text.

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ISBN-13:
9780813928661
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
10/23/2009
Series:
New World Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Translations xi

Introduction: Novels as Museums in a Postmodern Age 1

1 Books as National (Literary) History Museums 21

2 Art Museums: Visual (Inter)Texts 51

3 Ethnographic Museums: The Literary Diorama 79

4 Between Plantation and Living History Museum 100

5 World Heritage Sites: The Fortress 121

6 Mourning Museums: Diasporic Practices 149

Notes 177

Bibliography 191

Index 203

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