1st Edition

Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas From Alejo Carpentier to Charles Johnson

By Timothy J. Cox Copyright 2001
    176 Pages 1 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 1 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Unlike 19th century slave narratives, many recent novel-like texts about slavery deploy ironic narrative strategies, innovative structural features, and playful cruelty. This study analyzes the postmodern aesthetics common to seven tales of slavery from the United States, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, Cuba, abd Colombia from authors including Alejo Carpentier, Miguel Barnet, Toni Morrison, and Charles Johnson.

    Chapter 1 Using American Slavery to Construct Black Aesthetics; Chapter 2 Dissembling History: Postmodern Irony as Narrative Strategy; Chapter 3 Re(-)fusing the New World in Accounts of the Middle Passage; Chapter 4 Oscillatory Structures, Running Away, and (Dis)Locating the Self; Conclusion Problematics of the Questioning of Identity;


    Timothy J. Cox

    "Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas attempts something that few literary critics have been in a position to do: to examine comparatively novels about slavery across the English, French, and Spanish literary traditions in the U.S. and the Caribbean." -- George Handley, Brigham Young University Mississippi Quarterly