Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 1

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Overview

In this provocative and original exploration of racial subjugation during slavery and its aftermath, Saidiya Hartman illumines the forms of terror and resistance that shaped black identity. Scenes of Subjection examines the forms of domination that usually go undetected; in particular, the encroachments of power that take place through notions of humanity, enjoyment, protection, rights, and consent. By looking at slave narratives, plantation diaries, popular theater, slave performance, freedmen's primers, and legal cases, Hartman investigates a wide variety of "scenes" ranging from the auction block and minstrel show to the staging of the self-possessed and rights-bearing individual of freedom. While attentive to the performance of power—the terrible spectacles of slaveholders' dominion and the innocent amusements designed to abase and pacify the enslaved—and the entanglements of pleasure and terror in these displays of mastery, Hartman also examines the possibilities for resistance, redress and transformation embodied in black performance and everyday practice. This important study contends that despite the legal abolition of slavery, emergent notions of individual will and responsibility revealed the tragic continuities between slavery and freedom. Bold and persuasively argued, Scenes of Subjection will engage readers in a broad range of historical, literary, and cultural studies.

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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

"A tour de force."—American Literature

"American historians, especially historians of the South, will learn much from Secenes of Subjection"—The Journal of American History

"A profoundly important subject...the author explores anew the calculated use of both blatantly overt and seemingly subtler forms of control over black bodies and black psyches."—Mississippi Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195089844
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Race and American Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 519,418
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Formations of Terror and Enjoyment
1 Innocent Amusements: The Stage of Sufferance 17
2 Redressing the Pained Body: Toward a Theory of Practice 49
3 Seduction and the Ruses of Power 79
II The Subject of Freedom
4 The Burdened Individuality of Freedom 115
5 Fashioning Obligation: Indebted Servitude and the Fetters of Slavery 125
6 Instinct and Injury: Bodily Integrity, Natural Affinities, and the Constitution of Equality 164
Notes 207
Selected Bibliography 255
Index 277
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