Zong! / Edition 1

Zong! / Edition 1

by M. NourbeSe Philip
     
 

In November 1781, thee 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… See more details below

Overview

In November 1781, thee 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568762
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
09/23/2008
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
672,807
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

M. NOURBESE PHILIP is a poet, writer, and lawyer whose previous collections of poetry include She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1989). Born in Tobago, she now resides in Toronto, Ontario. SETAEY ADAMU BOATENG is the voice of the ancestors revealing the submerged stories of all who were on board the Zong.

Table of Contents

Os 1

Sal 57

Ventus 77

Ratio 99

Ferrum 125

Ebora 175

Glossary: Words and Phrases Heard on Board the Zong 183

Manifest 185

Notanda 187

Gregson v. Gilbert 210

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