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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253217776
ISBN-10: 0253217776
Format: Paperback
(5969mm x 3963mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Adeleke Adeeko

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