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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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Compound Fractures

Compound Fractures

Archival Constellations, Narrative Violations

(p.107) Chapter 3 Compound Fractures
Living Cargo

Steven Blevins

University of Minnesota Press

The third chapter considers the ambivalent role of the law in the geography of colonial biopolitics by examining three of Caryl Phillips’s novels. It addresses the relationship between Phillips’ self-reflexive historiography and the conditions of precarity they depict, underscoring the continuity between the biopolitical institution and instrument of the colonial modernity in the contemporary forms of human bio-cargo that arise in its wake.

Keywords:   Black Britain, Colonial archive, Public culture, Caryl Phillips, Literary criticism, Biopolitics, Narratives

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