Tubman Speaker Series: Jan Anderson on chronicling Black female subjectivities from slave narrative to historical novel

The Harriet Tubman Speaker Series is pleased to present Jan Anderson and her talk on “Of No Nation: Writing Enslaved Women into Human Sorority and Citizenship in the Americas” on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 2:30pm-4:30pm, 314 York Lanes.

Anderson will talk about the depictions of enslavement in the Americas including slave narratives and Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes (2007). These texts form the basis of analysis where black female experiences during enslavement provide the critical framework for exploring the restorative capacity of diaspora theory in chronicling Black female subjectivities from slave narrative to historical novel.

Retracing the trajectory from slavery to freedom seeks to identify a strategy through which black female subjects might write themselves first into human sorority and further toward “home” in the Americas. “Home” in this study is a marker through which black female subjects claim their stake on the Americas.

Redressed, is the process through which black female subjectivities are understood along the trajectory from chattel to citizen, with introduction to the “factitious imaginary rendering”. Anderson’s aim is to chart a revolutionary path for black female presence to be understood as “citizen” at “home” in the Americas. This quest is predicated on the supposition of missing, muzzled, mutilated and murdered black female subjects whose subjugation is scantly recorded at best.

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