The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture (Paperback)Gregory Pierrot (author)
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The black avenger channeled the fresh anxieties about slave uprisings and racial belonging occasioned by the European colonization project in the Americas. Even as he is portrayed as wholly Other, a heathen and a barbarian, his values?honor, loyalty, love?reflect his ties to the West. Yet being racially different, he cannot belong, and his qualities in turn make him an anomaly among black people. The black avenger is thus a liminal figure defining racial borders. Where his body lies, lies the color line. Regularly throughout the modern era and to this day, variations on the trope have contributed to defining race in the Atlantic World and thwarting the constitution of a black polity.
Gregory Pierrot's The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture studies this cultural history, examining a multicultural and cross-historical network of print material including fiction, drama, poetry, news, and historical writing as well as visual culture. It tracks the black avenger trope from its inception in the seventeenth century to the U.S. occupation of Haiti in 1915. Pierrot argues that this Western archetype plays an essential role in helping exclusive, hostile understandings of racial belonging become normalized in the collective consciousness of Atlantic nations. His study follows important articulations of the figure and how it has shifted based on historical and cultural contexts.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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