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Salvage Work : U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood

Author: Angela Naimou
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Salvage Work examines contemporary literary responses to the law's construction of personhood in the Americas. Tracking the extraordinary afterlives of the legal slave personality from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first, Angela Naimou shows the legal slave to be a fractured but generative figure for contemporary legal personhood across categories of race, citizenship, gender, and labor. What emerges is a  Read more...
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Naimou, Angela.
Salvage Work.
New York : Fordham University Press, 2015
(DLC) 2014045374
(OCoLC)898066527
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Naimou
ISBN: 9780823264780 0823264785 9780823264797 0823264793 0823264769 9780823264766 9780823266616 0823266613
OCLC Number: 903245694
Awards: Winner of Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Book Prize 2016
Commended for William Sanders Scarborough Prize 2016
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
Contents --
Introduction: Contemporary Literature and the Legal Person 1 --
Part I: Legal Debris --
1. The Free, the Slave, and the Disappeared: States and Sites of Exceptional Personhood in Francisco Goldman's The Ordinary Seaman 000 --
2. Sugar's Legacies: Romance, Revolution, and Wageless Life in the Fiction of Edwidge Danticat and Rosario Ferré 000 --
Part II: Salvage Aesthetics --
3. Fugitive Personhood: Re-Imagining Sanctuary in Gayl Jones's Song For Anninho and Mosquito 000 --
4. Masking Fanon 000 --
Epilogue: Personhood at Its Limits: The Animal, the Fetus, and the Stateless Person 000 --
Notes 000 --
Bibliography 000 --
Index 000.
Responsibility: Angela Naimou.

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A study of post-1980 US and Caribbean literary responses to legal personhood. Analyzes literature by Francisco Goldman, Edwidge Danticat, Rosario Ferre, Gayl Jones, and John Edgar Wideman, which  Read more...

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