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Author Sharpe, Jenny.

Title Ghosts of slavery : a literary archaeology of Black women's lives / Jenny Sharpe
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 187 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : the haunting of history -- "The rebels old obeah woman" : history as spirit possession -- "An incomparable nurse" : the obi of domesticity -- "Our history was truly broken" : writing back to a slave past -- "A very troublesome woman" : who speaks for the morality of slave women?
Summary While some scholars imply that only the struggle for freedom was legitimate, Jenny Sharpe complicates the linear narrative--from slavery to freedom and literacy--that emerged from the privileging of autobiographical accounts like that of Frederick Douglass. She challenges a paradigm that equates agency with resistance and self-determination, and introduces new ways to examine negotiations for power within the constraints of slavery
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-181) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Joanna, active 18th century -- In literature.
Nanny -- In literature.
Prince, Mary -- In literature.
Prince, Mary. History of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave
Stedman, John Gabriel, 1744-1797. Narrative of a five years' expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam.
Slave insurrections -- West Indies -- Historiography.
Slavery in literature.
Slaves' writings -- History and criticism.
West Indian literature (English) -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- West Indies.
Women slaves -- West Indies -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Women slaves -- West Indies -- Intellectual life.
Women, Black -- West Indies -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Women, Black -- West Indies -- Intellectual life.
Women, Black, in literature.
West Indies -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0816692386 (electronic bk.)
9780816692385 (electronic bk.)