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Octavia Butler’s Vampiric Vision: Fledgling

Timothy M. Robinson

in Vampires and Zombies: Transcultural Migrations and Transnational Interpretations

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496804747
eISBN:
9781496804785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804747.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Octavia Butler’s Fledgling (2005) chronicles the story of Shori Matthews, a 53-year-old vampire who looks like a 10-year-old black girl. Shori awakens with amnesia and physical scarring as a result ... More


Introduction: The Genres of Slavery

Yogita Goyal

in Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781479829590
eISBN:
9781479819676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829590.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The introduction explores the revival of slavery in contemporary culture, ranging over examples of trauma from literature, culture, and politics. It assesses the valence of analogy as an analytic for ... More


New World Silences, New World Songs: Stairway for Electra and Corregidora

Elizabeth Christine Russ

in The Plantation in the Postslavery Imagination

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377156
eISBN:
9780199869480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377156.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Escalera para Electra (Stairway for Electra, 1970), by the Dominican Aída Cartagena Portalatín, and Corregidora (1975), by the Kentuckian Gayl Jones, do not focus on the site of ... More


Early Black Atlantic Crossings: Lawrence Hill’s

Tuire Valkeakari

in Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813062471
eISBN:
9780813051963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062471.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, in which the diasporic ur-experience is expanded to cover post–Middle Passage migrations as well. Both a neo-slave narrative and a ... More


From Absence to Flight: The Appearance of Comic Rage in the Black Arts and Black Power Movements, 1966–1976

Terrence T. Tucker

in Furiously Funny: Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813054360
eISBN:
9780813053059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054360.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter explores radicalization of comic rage in Douglas Turner Ward’s Day of Absence and Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada. Emerging in the middle of the transition from the integrationist period ... More


‘As constricting as the corset they bind me in to keep me a lady’: colonial historiography in Andrea Levy’s The Long Song

Gigi Adair

in Kinship Across the Black Atlantic: Writing Diasporic Relations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620375
eISBN:
9781789629804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620375.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter shows how that Levy’s neo-slave narrative demonstrates both the potential for fiction to overcome the gaps in colonial archives and the limits of a postcolonial rewriting strategy that ... More


Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival

Regis M. Fox

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056586
eISBN:
9780813053431
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056586.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

A reimagining of liberal ideologies of selfhood, privilege, and consent is a significant legacy of nineteenth-century black feminist knowledge production. Yet, analyses of black women’s critical ... More


Sherley Anne Williams (1944–1999)

Mae G. Henderson

in Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195116595
eISBN:
9780199375219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116595.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter constitutes a personal and critical retrospective on the life and work of Sherley Anne Williams, acknowledging claims the poet, novelist, critic, and playwright as Henderson’s “critical ... More


Cultures of Melancholia: Theorizing Desire and the Black Body

Laura Sarnelli

in Black Intersectionalities: A Critique for the 21st Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319389
eISBN:
9781781380901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319389.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Drawing on critical theories of postcolonial melancholia (Gilroy, Cheng, Khanna), this chapter discusses the ‘re-memory’ of loss – both personal and cultural – as allowing the emergence of embodied ... More


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