The Slave's Rebellion: Literature, History, Orature

The Slave's Rebellion: Literature, History, Orature

by Adeleke Adeeko
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253345960

ISBN-13: 9780253345967

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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

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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 thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253345967
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Blacks in the Diaspora Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

1Hegel's burden : the slave's counter violence in philosophy, critical theory, and literature9
2Nat Turner and plot making in early African American fiction22
3Reverse abolitionism and black popular resistance : The marrow of tradition50
4Slave rebellion, the Great Depression, and the "turbulence to come" for capitalism : Black thunder66
5Distilling proverbs of history from the Haitian war of independence : The black Jacobins84
6Slave rebellion and magical realism : The kingdom of this world104
7Slavery in African literary discourse : orality contra realism in Yoruba Oriki and Omo Olokun Esin121
8Prying rebellious subaltern consciousness out of the clenched jaws of oral traditions : Efunsetan Aniwura145
9Reiterating the black experience : rebellious material bodies and their textual fates in Dessa Rose157
Conclusion : what is the meaning of slave rebellion172

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