The Repeating Body : Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary / Kimberly Juanita Brown.

by Brown, Kimberly Juanita, 1972- [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2015.Description: xii, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780822359296.Subject(s): African American womenLooking glass | African American women in literatureLooking glass | African American women in artLooking glass | Human bodyLooking glass | Human body in literatureLooking glass | Human figure in artLooking glass | SlaveryLooking glass | Collective memoryLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-244) and index. Alternative form: Electronic version: 9780822375418
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Haunted by representations of black women that resist the reality of the body's vulnerability, Kimberly Juanita Brown traces slavery's afterlife in black women's literary and visual cultural productions. Brown draws on black feminist theory, visual culture studies, literary criticism, and critical race theory to explore contemporary visual and literary representations of black women's bodies that embrace and foreground the body's vulnerability and slavery's inherent violence. She shows how writers such as Gayl Jones, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, and Jamaica Kincaid, along with visual artists Carrie Mae Weems and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, highlight the scarred and broken bodies of black women by repeating, passing down, and making visible the residues of slavery's existence and cruelty. Their work not only provides a corrective to those who refuse to acknowledge that vulnerability, but empowers black women to create their own subjectivities. In The Repeating Body , Brown returns black women to the center of discourses of slavery, thereby providing the means with which to more fully understand slavery's history and its penetrating reach into modern American life.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-244) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • Introduction: Visualizing the Body of the Black Atlantic (p. 1)
  • 1 Black Rapture: Corporeal Afterimage and Transnational Desire (p. 18)
  • 2 Fragmented Figurations of the Maternal (p. 57)
  • 3 The Boundaries of Excess (p. 96)
  • 4 The Return: Conjuring the Figure, Following the Form (p. 138)
  • Conclusion: Photographic Incantations of the Visual (p. 177)
  • Notes (p. 195)
  • Bibliography (p. 229)
  • Index (p. 245)

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Library Journal Review

Brown (English, Mount Holyoke Coll.) explicates the work of Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, and Jamaica Kincaid, among others, and makes visible the violence done to black women's bodies from slavery through its aftermath. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Kimberly Juanita Brown is Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

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