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Living CargoHow Black Britain Performs Its Past$
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Steven Blevins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697144

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697144.001.0001

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Beautiful Remnants, Brutal Remains

Beautiful Remnants, Brutal Remains

Dwelling on the Melancholy Archive

(p.29) Chapter 1 Beautiful Remnants, Brutal Remains
Living Cargo

Steven Blevins

University of Minnesota Press

The first chapter analyzes David Dabydeen’s A Harlot’s Progress and Fred D’Aguiar’s Feeding the Ghost in relation to the way in which recent scholars of the African Atlantic have wrestled with the perennial problem of the “example” as a representational form, in which particular acts of violent atrocity must stand in for extended, systematic, and non-singular event(s) of modernity.

Keywords:   David Dabydeen, Fred D’Aguiar, Colonial archive, Black Britain, Archival recalcitrance, Recalcitrant recoveries, Racial body, Expiation, Slavery

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