Wounds of Returning: Race, Memory, and Property on the Postslavery Plantation - New Directions in Southern Studies (Paperback)
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Wounds of Returning: Race, Memory, and Property on the Postslavery Plantation - New Directions in Southern Studies (Paperback)

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From Storyville brothels and narratives of turn-of-the-century New Orleans to plantation tours, Bette Davis films, Elvis memorials, Willa Cather's fiction, and the annual prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Jessica Adams considers spatial and ideological evolutions of southern plantations after slavery. In ""Wounds of Returning"", Adams shows that the slave past returns to inhabit plantation landscapes that have been radically transformed by tourism, consumer culture, and modern modes of punishment - even those landscapes from which slavery has supposedly been banished completely. Adams explores how the commodification of black bodies during slavery did not disappear with abolition - rather, the same principle was transformed into modern consumer capitalism. As Adams demonstrates, however, counter-narratives and unexpected cultural hybrids erupt out of attempts to re-create the plantation as an uncomplicated scene of racial relationships or a signifier of national unity. Peeling back the layers of plantation landscapes, Adams reveals connections between seemingly disparate features of modern culture, suggesting that they remain haunted by the force of the unnatural equation of people as property.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807858011
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Juxtaposing a wide variety of literary, cultural and historiographical texts, [Adams] effectively performs a methodological 'impurity' that echoes her critical preoccupation with the slipperiness of culturally or legally sanctioned categories.--Southern Quarterly


A lively and impressive combination of cultural studies, ethnography, performance studies, and literary criticism. . . . Powerfully demonstrates the conjunction of racial identity and property ownership.--Law and History Review


Adams creatively engages with diverse sources. . . . Significantly contributes to the growing body of literature on the entangled paths of slavery, public history, and historical memory.--Journal of African American History


Enlightening. . . . Both the professional and the general reader can learn from this monograph.--Louisiana History

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