Keizer, Arlene R.

Black subjects : identity formation in the contemporary narrative of slavery / Arlene R. Keizer. - Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2004. - xiii, 200 p. ; 23 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-198) and index.

Introduction : "the middle passage never guessed its end" : New World slavery in contemporary literature -- Beloved : ideologies in conflict, improvised subjects -- Being, race, and gender : Black masculinity and western philosophy in Charles Johnson's works on slavery -- The chosen place, the timeless people : late capitalism in the Black Atlantic -- Performance, identity, and mulatto aesthetics in Derek Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain -- The geography of the Apocalypse : incest, mythology, and the fall of Washington city in Carolivia Herron's Thereafter Johnnie -- Conclusion : one lives by memory, not by truth.

0801440955 (cloth : alk. paper) 0801489040 (pbk. : alk. paper)


Walcott, Derek. Dream on Monkey Mountain.


Blacks in literature.
Slave trade in literature.
African Americans in literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Caribbean literature (English)--History and criticism.
American fiction--History and criticism.--20th century
Slavery in literature.

PS374.S58 / .K45 2004

813/.5093552

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