Thieving Three-Fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw, 1780-2015 - Critical Caribbean Studies (Hardback)Frances R. Botkin (author)
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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
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
--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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