Salvage Work examines modern literary responses to the law's development of personhood within the Americas. monitoring the intense afterlives of the criminal slave character from the 19th century into the twenty-first, Angela Naimou indicates the felony slave to be a fractured yet generative determine for modern criminal personhood throughout different types of race, citizenship, gender, and exertions. What emerges is a compelling and unique research of the way legislations invents different types of id and the way literature contends with the individual as a criminal fiction. via readings of Francisco Goldman's The usual Seaman, Edwidge Danticat's Krik?Krak!, Rosario Ferre's Sweet Diamond airborne dirt and dust (Maldito Amor), Gayl Jones's Song for Anninho and Mosquito, and John Edgar Wideman's Fanon, Naimou exhibits how literary engagements with criminal personhood reconfigure formal narrative conventions in Black Atlantic historiography, the immigrant novel, the anticolonial romance, the trope of the speaking ebook, and the bildungsroman.
Revealing hyperlinks among colonial, civic, slave, hard work, immigration, and penal legislation, Salvage Work reframes debates over civil and human rights through revealing the shared hemispheric histories and results of felony personhood throughout likely disparate identities-including the human and the company individual, the political refugee and the commercial migrant, and the stateless individual and the citizen.
In depicting the cloth continues to be of the criminal slave character within the de-industrialized neoliberal period, those literary texts enhance a salvage aesthetic that invitations us to reconsider our political and aesthetic mind's eye of personhood. wondering liberal frameworks for civil and human rights in addition to what Naimou calls death-bound theories of personhood-in which different types of human lifestyles are essentially defined as wasted, disposable, naked, or useless in law-Salvage Work therefore responds to serious discussions of biopolitics and neoliberal globalization via exploring the possibility of modern literature to reclaim the person from the criminal regimes that experience marked her.
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