Scenes of subjection : terror, slavery, and self-making in nineteenth-century America (Book, 1997) []
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Scenes of subjection : terror, slavery, and self-making in nineteenth-century America

Scenes of subjection : terror, slavery, and self-making in nineteenth-century America

Author: Saidiya V Hartman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. ©1997
Series: Race and American culture.
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"In this provocative and original exploration of racial subjugation during slavery and its aftermath, Saidiya Hartman illumines the forms of terror and resistance that shaped black identity. Scenes of Subjection examines the forms of domination that usually go undetected; in particular, the encroachments of power that take place through notions of humanity, enjoyment, protection, rights, and consent. By looking at  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hartman, Saidiya V.
Scenes of subjection
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saidiya V Hartman
ISBN: 0195089839 9780195089837 0195089847 9780195089844
OCLC Number: 36417797
Description: viii, 281 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Formations of terror and enjoyment. 1. Innocent amusements : the stage of sufferance ; 2. Redressing the pained body : toward a theory of practice ; 3. Seduction and the ruses of power. --
II. The subject of freedom. 4. The burdened individuality of freedom ; 5. Fashioning obligation : indebted servitude and the fetters of slavery ; 6. Instinct and injury : bodily integrity, natural affinities, and the constitution of equality.
Series Title: Race and American culture.
Responsibility: Saidiya V. Hartman.
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Hartman shows how the violence of captivity and enslavement was embodied in the performance practices that grew from slave culture in antebellum America. Using anthropology, history and literary  Read more...


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Audacious....Original and provocative....What Hartman has to say about both slavery and its continuing resonances should be heard as widely as possible....A major scholarly contribution to the Read more...

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