Scenes of Subjection
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Scenes of Subjection

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By Saidiya V. Hartman


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's primers, and legal cases, Hartman investigates a wide variety of scenes ranging from the auction block and minstrel show to the staging of the self-possessed and rights-bearing individual of freedom.


Published by Oxford University Press

0.7" x 9.1" x 6.1" / 0.9 lbs

296 pages