Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

@inproceedings{Hartman1997ScenesOS,
  title={Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America},
  author={Saidiya V. Hartman},
  year={1997}
}
In this provocative and original exploration of racial subjugation during slavery and its aftermath, Saidiya Hartman illumines the forms of terror and resistance that shaped black identity. Scenes of Subjection examines the forms of domination that usually go undetected; in particular, the encroachments of power that take place through notions of humanity, enjoyment, protection, rights, and consent. By looking at slave narratives, plantation diaries, popular theater, slave performance, freedmen… 

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