Thieving Three-Fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw, 1780-2015 - Critical Caribbean Studies (Paperback)
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Thieving Three-Fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw, 1780-2015 - Critical Caribbean Studies (Paperback)

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Starting in 1780, a fugitive slave, known as "Three-Fingered Jack" or Jack Mansong, terrorized colonial Jamaica for almost two years. An outlaw, thief, and killer, he was also a freedom fighter who sabotaged the colonial machine by preying on traveling planters until his death at the hands of colonial troops. The legend of Three-Fingered Jack still has currency in Jamaica, but the story has expanded and contracted over the years to serve the various purposes of the teller.

Frances R. Botkin has compiled and analyzed the various plays and songs written about Three-Fingered Jack throughout the centuries in order to show how this story traveled from the Caribbean to England and the United States, returning to Jamaica in a sanitized literary and artistic form, and then evolving from there to be reclaimed by the Jamaicans as the tale of a heroic resistance figure to be revered. As the various productions about Jack show, depending on who is telling the story, the character can evoke sympathy for a wronged rebel, or horror at the destruction he caused.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813587387
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Finally, the study of Obi for which we've been waiting: one that moves across not just historical periods but also language, culture, and media. In Thieving Three-Fingered Jack, Frances Botkin gives us an extraordinary study for understanding transatlantic literary relations. Few figures possess the necessary power to illuminate a region or an era, but Jack Mansong -- especially in Professor Botkin's hands -- proves such a vehicle."
--Michael Gamer "associate professor of English, University of Pennsylvania "
"With its seamless blending of disciplinary methods, Thieving Three-Fingered Jack explains how a fugitive slave became a transatlantic legend. Botkin moves transhistorically and transnationally to describe how Jack became a fictional and theatrical icon. In the process, she highlights the many insights made possible when folklore and literary studies converge."
--Daphne Lamothe "author of Inventing the New Negro: Narrative, Culture, and Ethnography "
"[Thieving Three-Fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw] discusses plays and songs written about Jack Mansong, an escaped slave turned bandit who came to be revered as a freedom fighter in Jamaica for his attacks on colonial planters."--Chronicle

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