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Title The psychic hold of slavery : legacies in American expressive culture / edited by Soyica Diggs Colbert, Robert J. Patterson and Aida Levy-Hussen.

Published New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 246 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 12 years a what? Slavery, representation, and black cultural politics in "12 years a slave" / Robert J. Patterson -- The fruit of abolition: Discontinuity and difference in Terrance Hayes's "The avocado" / Douglas A. Jones Jr. -- Black time: Slavery, metaphysics, and the logic of wellness / Calvin Warren -- The inside-turned out architecture of the post-neo-slave narrative / Margo Natalie Crawford -- Memwa se paswa: Sifting the slave past in Haiti / Regine Michelle Jean-Charles -- Staging social death: Alienation and embodiment in Aishah Rahman's "Unfinished Women" / Gershun Avilez -- Dancing with death: Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" / Soyica Diggs Colbert -- Laughing to keep from crying: Dave Chappelle's self exploration with "The Nigger Pixie" / Brandon J. Manning -- The cartoonal slave / Michael Chaney -- Trauma and the historical turn in black literary discourse / Aida Levy-Hussen.
Summary "The Psychic Hold of Slavery convenes established and emerging scholars from the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies to consider how the psychological imprint of collective trauma and loss crystallizes in contemporary black discursive, aesthetic, and performative practices. The volume's diverse contributors--literary and film critics, philosophers, and cultural theorists--offer original considerations of the temporality of slavery and the challenges of representation in the context of protracted Western traditions of anti-blackness. The essays vary in their objects of study, methods, and conclusions, matriculating to complex dialogue rather than a common endorsement. They are united chiefly by their attention to a paradox at the heart of black studies today: that the history of racial slavery gains intellectual potency and ubiquity in a moment marked by unprecedented legal gains and the popularly professed rise of "post-racial" sensibilities. Consolidating numerous perspectives on the desires, investments, and identitarian logics through which the legacy of slavery persists in contemporary life, this collection will be of interest to critics concerned with the diffuse reverberations of the slave past, and more generally, to those interested in current discussions of anti-black violence, "disposable" populations, and new forms and capacities of black political subjectivity"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Colbert, Soyica Diggs, 1979- editor.
Patterson, Robert J., 1980- editor.
Levy-Hussen, Aida, 1981- editor.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject African Americans -- Study and teaching -- United States.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9780813583983 (electronic bk.)
0813583985 (electronic bk.)
9780813583976 (electronic bk.)
0813583977 (electronic bk.)
9780813583969 (hardcover)