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Beneath Notice: A Social Philology of the Poetry of Dave the Potter

Jon Woodson

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Jon Woodson argues for a global approach toward the interpretation of Dave the Potter’s multimedia works. A concern for the Afrocentric phenomenology of Dave the Potter’s poetics unifies Woodson’s ... More


Potter’s Field: Trauma and Representation in the Art of David Drake

Michael Bramwell

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Writing as an installation and performance artist, Michael Bramwell ties Drake to some of the same traumatic legacies of the Middle Passage and slavery that function as a horizon of authenticity in ... More


Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Michael A. Chaney

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book provides a critical introduction to David Drake, or Dave the Potter, an enslaved pottery maker and author of inscribed verses and couplets, who lived and worked in Edgefield, South ... More


Signifying Jars, Resonating Like a Banjar: Influence, Politics, and Poetics in Dave’s Pottery

Babatunde Lawal

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter glosses the major couplets and inscriptions, connecting formal matters of allusion, symbolism, tone, absence—in short, the poetics of the jars and pots—to their socio-historical, ... More


The Concatenate Poetics of Slavery and the Articulate Material of Dave the Potter

Michael A. Chaney

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This essay suggests the trope of “catination” as a governing aesthetic principle in Drake’s work. It then reads the illegibility of several of Drake’s inscriptions as being central to that aesthetic ... More


A Letter to David Drake from a Friend and a Relation

Evie Shockley

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Shockley writes creatively in response to an inscription written on the side of the jar associated with the title of the collection. As a contemporary black woman and as a literary critic and a poet ... More


Writing in Clay: The Materiality of Dave’s Poetry

Ethan W. Lasser

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on the problem of reducing the totality of Dave the Potter’s artwork to writing. Throughout, Lasser sifts through the inscriptions and their accompanying handwriting as an ... More


The Fourth of July Is Surely Come

Elisa Edwards

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In this chapter, Edwards explores the meaning of Drake’s subtly revolutionary inscription and interprets it as an example of double-consciousness and alienation. Although some have interpreted Dave’s ... More


Inscribing Economic Desire: Dave the Potter’s Money Inscriptions

Xiomara Santamarina

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a compact analysis of the greed or money inscriptions made by Dave the Potter. “Cash wanted” and “Give me silver or; either Gold” are inscriptions in which the speaker brazenly ... More


Darion McCloud as Dave the Potter: The Model and the Artist’s Mission

Dianne Johnson

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Johnson investigates the recent award-winning children’s book by Hill and Collier about Dave the Potter, in particular, the illustrated representation within it of the figure of Dave the Potter. A ... More


“Who Are the Other Potters? What Are Their Names?”: Dave the Potter, Theaster Gates, and the Aesthetics of Power in African American Art and Craft

Shelly Jarenski

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Theaster Gates’s 2010 exhibition To Speculate Darkly, which puts Gates’s multimedia work in dialogue with Drake. Jarenski’s chapter engages with the theme of erasure in ... More


Shifted Perspectives on Dave: Implications of Archaeological Excavation at the Pottersville Kiln Site

George Calfas

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter outlines the results of an archaeological project at the site of America’s first alkaline-glazed stoneware manufacturing center in Pottersville, one mile north of Edgefield, in the ... More


Accident before Love

Sharon P. Holland

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Holland’s essay is part theory, part personal reflection, and thoroughly poetic in its engagement with Dave the Potter as both a historical figure, to be read and reflected upon, and as a provocation ... More


An Easter Prayer, 1859

Carla L. Peterson

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Carla L. Peterson describes her own experience of seeing one of Dave’s pots on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and interprets the Easter imagery in the incised poem, “Good for lard—or ... More


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