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Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip
Book DescriptionIn November, 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong ordered that some 150 Africans be murdered by drowning so that the ship's owners could collect insurance monies. Relying entirely on the words of the legal decision Gregson v. Gilbert-the only extant public document related to the massacre of these African slaves-Zong! tells the story that cannot be told yet must be told. Equal parts song, moan, shout, oath, ululation, curse, and chant, Zong! excavates the legal text. Memory, history, and law collide and metamorphose into the poetics of the fragment. Through the innovative use of fugal and counterpointed repetition, Zong! becomes an anti-narrative lament that stretches the boundaries of the poetic form, haunting the spaces of forgetting and mourning the forgotten. Check for the online reader's companion at http://zong.site.wesleyan.edu.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780819568762
(235mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author M. NourbeSe Philip
She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks, Paperback (November 2015)
Brilliant, lyrical, and passionate, this collection from the acclaimed poet M. NourbeSe Philip is an extended jazz riff running along the themes of language, racism, colonialism, and exile.
Zong!, Paperback (August 2011)» View all books by M. NourbeSe Philip
A haunting lifeline between archive and memory, law and poetry
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Author Biography - M. NourbeSe Philip
M. NOURBESE PHILIP is a poet, writer, and lawyer whose previous collections of poetry include She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1989). Born in Tobago, she now resides in Toronto, Ontario. SETAEY ADAMU BOATENG is the voice of the ancestors revealing the submerged stories of all who were on board the Zong.
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