Prophetic Remembrance: Black Subjectivity in African American and South African Trauma Narratives (Hardback)Erica Still (author)
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The author draws on trauma studies, black theology, and literary criticism as she considers how writers such as Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson, John Edgar Wideman, David Bradley, Sindiwe Magona, K. Sello Duiker, and Zakes Mda explore the possibilities for rehearsing a traumatic past without being overcome by it. Although both African American and South African literary studies have addressed questions of memory, narrative, and trauma, little comparative work has been done. Prophetic Remembrance offers this comparative focus in reading these literatures together to address the question of what it means to remember and to recover from racial oppression.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Erica Still's book is a thoughtful and sensitive exploration of trauma and mourning in contemporary black writing from the United States and South Africa. The term 'prophetic remembrance' is a productive one, fostering fresh understandings of narrative form and temporality and generating new sociopolitical insights into a compelling transnational relationship.--Rita Barnard, University of Pennsylvania, author of Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers and the Politics of Place
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