Zong! / Edition 1

Zong! / Edition 1

by M. NourbeSe Philip
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819568767

ISBN-13: 9780819568762

Pub. Date: 09/23/2008

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

In November, 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong ordered that some 150 Africans be murdered by drowning so that the ship’s owners could collect insurance monies. Relying entirely on the words of the legal decision Gregson v. Gilbert—the only extant public document related to the massacre of these African slaves—Zong! tells the story that

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In November, 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong ordered that some 150 Africans be murdered by drowning so that the ship’s owners could collect insurance monies. Relying entirely on the words of the legal decision Gregson v. Gilbert—the only extant public document related to the massacre of these African slaves—Zong! tells the story that cannot be told yet must be told. Equal parts song, moan, shout, oath, ululation, curse, and chant, Zong! excavates the legal text. Memory, history, and law collide and metamorphose into the poetics of the fragment. Through the innovative use of fugal and counterpointed repetition, Zong! becomes an anti-narrative lament that stretches the boundaries of the poetic form, haunting the spaces of forgetting and mourning the forgotten. Check for the online reader’s companion at http://zong.site.wesleyan.edu.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568762
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
09/23/2008
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Os
Sal
Ventus
Ratio
Ferrum
Ebora
Glossary: Words and Phrases Heard on Board the Zong
Manifest
Notanda
Gregson v. Gilbert

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