Haunting Capital: Memory, Text and the Black Diasporic Body / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In Haunting Capital, Hershini Young sets out to re-theorize the African diaspora "so that the concept becomes unintelligible without an understanding of gender as a constitutive element." Young uses the historically injured bodies of black women, as represented in novels by black women, to talk about colonialism, gender, race, memory and haunting.
Haunting Capital departs from traditional trauma studies, which stress individual wounding and psychotherapeutic models. Instead, Young explores the notion of injury as a collective wounding, resulting from the trauma of capitalistic regimes such as slavery and colonialism. She also introduces the idea of the ghost to her discussion of collective injury, where it functions not only on theoretical and metaphorical levels, but also by invoking African cosmologies in which ghosts are ancestral beings with a real spiritual presence.
More specifically, Young insists on the contemporary reality of African nations and eschews the presentation of Africa as a vague, undifferentiated point of origin that characterizes many other studies of the African diaspora. Her reading of African contemporary novels by women, alongside African American and Caribbean novels, works to show the African diaspora as haunted by similar, though different, issues of gendered and racialized violence.
|Publisher:||Dartmouth College Press|
|Series:||Reencounters with Colonialism: New Perspectives on the Americas Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
HERSHINI BHANA YOUNG is Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Buffalo.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction Memory, Text, Body Opening Heads and Reaching Shores Reading Ghostly Desire in Bessie Head's A Question of Power and Deborah Jack's SHORE Between a Push and a Fall The Politics of Re-Memory in Gayl Jones's Corregidora Hungry Women Economies of Injury in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions The Wounding of Displacement Looking for Home in Maryse Conde's Heremakhonon Coda The Haunting Distance Between Two PlacesSouth Africa and South Carolina Index
What People are Saying About This
"The lasting lyricism of Bhana-Young's critical (in both senses of the term) prose performs her topic brilliantly. Haunting Capital cuts across 'the sensuous edges' of capitalism, imperialism, racism and colonialism, by articulating resonant presences produced by African women's diasporic movements. This is an innovative and important interdisciplinary study of writing and righting the rupture of survival."
Jennifer DeVere Brody, author of Impossible Purities