The Slave's Rebellion

The Slave's Rebellion

Literature, History, Orature
Adélékè Adéèkó
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/27/2005
ISBN: 978-0-253-11142-5
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Episodes of slave rebellions such as Nat Turner’s are central to speculations on the trajectory of black history and the goal of black spiritual struggles. Using fiction, history, and oral poetry drawn from the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa, this book analyzes how writers reinterpret episodes of historical slave rebellion to conceptualize their understanding of an ideal “master-less” future. The texts range from Frederick Douglass’s The Heroic Slave and Alejo Carpentier’s The Kingdom of this World to Yoruba praise poetry and novels by Nigerian writers Adebayo Faleti and Akinwumi Isola. Each text reflects different “national” attitudes toward the historicity of slave rebellions that shape the ways the texts are read. This is an absorbing book about the grip of slavery and rebellion on modern black thought.

Author Bio

Adélékè Adéèkó is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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"Adéèkó . . . makes a valuable contribution to studies of the black diaspora by drawing together observations of slave rebellions from the US, Africa, and the Caribbean." —Choice , June 2006

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Hegel's Burden: The Slave's Counter Violence in Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Literature
2. Nat Turner and Plot Making in Early African American Fiction
3. Reverse Abolitionism and Black Popular Resistance: The Marrow of Tradition
4. Slave Rebellion, the Great Depression, and the "Turbulence to Come" for Capitalism: Black Thunder
5. Distilling Proverbs of History from the Haitian War of Independence: The Black Jacobins
6. Slave Rebellion and Magical Realism: The Kingdom of This World
7. Slavery in African Literary Discourse: Orality contra Realism in Yorùbá Oríkì and Omo Olókùn Esin
8. Prying Subaltern Rebellious Consciousness Out of the Clenched Jaws of Oral Traditions: Efúnsetán Aníwúrà
9. Reiterating the Black Experience: Rebellious Material Bodies and Their Textual Fates in Dessa Rose
Conclusion: What Is the Meaning of Slave Rebellion
Notes
Bibliography
Index