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- DescriptionThis study explores contemporary vels, films, performances, and reenactments that depict American slavery and its traumatic effects by invoking a time-travel paradigm to produce a representational strategy of bodily epistemology. Disrupting the prevailing view of traumatic kwledge that claims that traumatic events are irretrievable and accessible only through oblique reference, these vels and films circumvent the tion of indirect reference by depicting a replaying of the past, forcing present-day protagonists to witness and participate in traumatic histories that for them are neither dead r past. Lisa Woolfork cogently analyzes how these works deploy a representational strategy that challenges the divide between past and present, imparting to their recreations of American slavery a physical and emotional energy to counter America's apathetic or amnesiac attitude about the trauma of the slave past.
- Author BiographyLisa Woolfork is an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia.
- Author(s)Lisa Woolfork
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication14/11/2008
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note2 photographs
- Weight499 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine25 mm
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