Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Perverse Modernities)

Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Perverse Modernities) Author Christina Sharpe
ISBN-10 0822346095
ISBN-13 9780822346098
Year 2010-08-31
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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Arguing that the fundamental familiar sexual violence of slavery and racialized subjugation have continued to shape black and white subjectivities into the present Christina Sharpe interprets African diasporic and Black Atlantic visual and literary texts that address those monstrous intimacies and their repetition as constitutive of post slavery subjectivity Her illuminating readings juxtapose Frederick Douglasss narrative of witnessing the brutal beating of his Aunt Hester with Essie Mae Washington Williamss declaration of freedom in Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond as well as the generational genital fantasies depicted in Gayl Joness novel Corregidora with a firsthand account of such monstrous intimacies in the journals of an antebellum South Carolina senator slaveholder and vocal critic of miscegenation Sharpe explores the South Africanborn writer Bessie Heads novel Maruabout race power and liberation in Botswanain light of the history of the KhoiSan woman Saartje Baartman who was displayed in Europe as the Hottentot Venus in the nineteenth century Reading Isaac Juliens film The Attendant Sharpe takes up issues of representation slavery and the sadomasochism of everyday black life Her powerful meditation on intimacy subjection and subjectivity culminates in an analysis of Kara Walkers black silhouettes and the critiques leveled against both the silhouettes and the artist

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