Franklin

Dispossessed Lives [electronic resource] : Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive / Marisa J. Fuentes.

Author/Creator:
Fuentes, Marisa J.
Publication:
Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 8 illustrations.
Series:
Early American Studies
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
Status/Location:
Loading...

Options
Location Notes Your Loan Policy

Details

Other Title:
De Gruyter Online.
Subjects:
Slavery -- Caribbean Area -- History -- Sources.
Slavery -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Women slaves -- Caribbean Area -- Biography.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
In the eighteenth century, Bridgetown, Barbados, was heavily populated by both enslaved and free women. Marisa J. Fuentes creates a portrait of urban Caribbean slavery in this colonial town from the perspective of these women whose stories appear only briefly in historical records. Fuentes takes us through the streets of Bridgetown with an enslaved runaway; inside a brothel run by a freed woman of color; in the midst of a white urban household in sexual chaos; to the gallows where enslaved people were executed; and within violent scenes of enslaved women's punishments. In the process, Fuentes interrogates the archive and its historical production to expose the ongoing effects of white colonial power that constrain what can be known about these women.Combining fragmentary sources with interdisciplinary methodologies that include black feminist theory and critical studies of history and slavery, Dispossessed Lives demonstrates how the construction of the archive marked enslaved women's bodies, in life and in death. By vividly recounting enslaved life through the experiences of individual women and illuminating their conditions of confinement through the legal, sexual, and representational power wielded by slave owners, colonial authorities, and the archive, Fuentes challenges the way we write histories of vulnerable and often invisible subjects.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Maps
Introduction
Chapter 1. Jane: Fugitivity, Space, and Structures of Control in Bridgetown
Chapter 2. Rachael and Joanna: Power, Historical Figuring, and Troubling Freedom
Chapter 3. Agatha: White Women, Slave Owners, and the Dialectic of Racialized Gender
Chapter 4. Molly: Enslaved Women, Condemnation, and Gendered Terror
Chapter 5. "Venus": Abolition Discourse, Gendered Violence, and the Archive
Epilogue
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed Jul. 04., 2016)
ISBN:
9780812293005
OCLC:
979910580
Publisher Number:
10.9783/9780812293005 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.