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Runaway genres : the global afterlives of slavery

Author: Yogita Goyal
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Runaway Genres, Yogita Goyal tracks the emergence of slavery as the defining template through which current forms of human rights abuses are understood. The post-black satire of Paul Beatty and Mat Johnson, modern slave narratives from Sudan to Sierra Leone, and the new Afropolitan diaspora of writers like Teju Cole and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all are woven into Goyal's argument for the slave narrative as a new  Read more...
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Goyal, Yogita.
Runaway Genres : The Global Afterlives of Slavery.
New York : New York University Press, ©2019
(OCoLC)1091847014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yogita Goyal
ISBN: 1479819670 9781479819676
OCLC Number: 1111945362
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 263 pages)
Contents: Introduction : the genres of slavery --
Sentimental globalism --
The gothic child --
Post-black satire --
Talking books (talking back) --
We need new diasporas --
Epilogue : what we talk about when we talk about slavery.
Responsibility: Yogita Goyal.

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"In Runaway Genres, Yogita Goyal tracks the emergence of slavery as the defining template through which current forms of human rights abuses are understood. The post-black satire of Paul Beatty and Mat Johnson, modern slave narratives from Sudan to Sierra Leone, and the new Afropolitan diaspora of writers like Teju Cole and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all are woven into Goyal's argument for the slave narrative as a new world literary genre, exploring the full complexity of this new ethical globalism. From the humanitarian spectacles of Kony 2012 and #BringBackOurGirls through gothic literature, Runaway Genres unravels, for instance, how and why the African child soldier has now appeared as the afterlife of the Atlantic slave. Goyal argues that in order to fathom forms of freedom and bondage today--from unlawful detention to sex trafficking to the refugee crisis to genocide--we must turn to contemporary literature, which reveals how the literary forms used to tell these stories derive from the antebellum genre of the slave narrative. Exploring the ethics and aesthetics of globalism, the book presents alternative conceptions of human rights, showing that the revival and proliferation of slave narratives offers not just an occasion to revisit the Atlantic past, but also for re-narrating the global present. In reassessing these legacies and their ongoing relation to race and the human, Runaway Genres creates a new map with which to navigate contemporary black diaspora literature."--

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A richly textured and startlingly original meditation on the meaning and uses of contemporary 'neo-slave narratives.' Displaying an impressive analytical sophistication and historical depth, Yogita Read more...

 
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