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Author Fuentes, Marisa J., author

Title Dispossessed lives : enslaved women, violence, and the archive / Marisa J. Fuentes
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (217 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Early American studies
Early American studies.
Contents Jane : fugitivity, space, and structures of control in Bridgetown -- Rachael and Joanna : power, historical figuring, and troubling freedom -- Agatha : white women, slave owners, and the dialectic of racialized gender -- Molly : enslaved women, condemnation, and gendered terror -- "Venus" : abolition discourse, gendered violence, and the archive
Summary In the eighteenth century, Bridgetown, Barbados, was heavily populated by both enslaved and free women. Though their stories appear only briefly in historical records, Marisa J. Fuentes creates a portrait of urban Caribbean slavery in this colonial town from the perspective of these women. Fuentes takes us through the streets of Bridgetown with an enslaved runaway, inside a brothel run by a freed woman of color, in the midst of a white urban household in sexual chaos, to the gallows where enslaved people were executed, and with violent scenes of enslaved women's punishments. In the process, Fuentes interrogates the archive and its historical production to expose the ongoing effects of white colonial power that constrain what can be known about these women. Combining fragmentary sources with interdisciplinary methodologies that include black feminist theory and critical studies of history and slavery, Dispossessed lives demonstrates how the construction of the archive marked enslaved women's bodies, in life and in death. By vividly recounting enslaved life through the experiences of individual women and illuminating their conditions of confinement through the legal, sexual, and representational power wielded by slave owners, colonial authorities, and the archive, Fuentes challenges the way we write histories of vulnerable and often invisible subjects. -- Provided by publisher
Vividly recounting the lives of enslaved women in eighteenth-century Bridgetown, Barbados, and their conditions of confinement through urban, legal, sexual, and representational power wielded by slave owners, authorities, and the archive, Marisa J. Fuentes challenges how histories of vulnerable and invisible subjects are written
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Text in English
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Subject Slavery -- Barbados -- Bridgetown -- History -- 18th century.
Slavery -- Caribbean Area -- History -- Sources.
Slavery -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Women slaves -- Barbados -- Bridgetown -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Women slaves -- Caribbean Area -- Biography.
Women -- Barbados -- Bridgetown -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Bridgetown (Barbados) -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0812293002 (electronic bk.)
9780812293005 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ;) (alk. paper)
(hardcover ;) (alk. paper)