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Armstrong, Tim, 1956-
The logic of slavery : debt, technology, and pain in American literature / Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway, University of London
Alternate Title Debt, technology, and pain in American literature
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PS217.S55 A76 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Slavery in literature
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism
Slavery in art
Slavery -- United States -- History
Slavery -- Psychological aspects
Slavery -- Economic aspects
Physical Description x, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-244) and index
Contents Introduction -- 1. Slavery, insurance, and sacrifice: the embodiment of capital -- 2. Debt, self-redemption, and foreclosure -- 3. Machines inside the machine: slavery and technology -- 4. The hands of others: sculpture and pain -- 5. The sonic veil -- 6. Slavery in the mind: trauma and the weather
Summary "In American history and throughout the Western world, the subjugation perpetuated by slavery has created a unique "culture of slavery." That culture exists as a metaphorical, artistic, and literary tradition attached to the enslaved - human beings whose lives are "owed" to another, who are used as instruments by another, and who must endure suffering in silence. Tim Armstrong explores the metaphorical legacy of slavery in American culture by investigating debt, technology, and pain in African-American literature and a range of other writings and artworks. Armstrong's careful analysis reveals how notions of the slave as a debtor lie hidden in our accounts of the commodified self and how writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rebecca Harding Davis, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison grapple with the pervasive view that slaves are akin to machines. Finally, Armstrong examines how conceptions of the slave as a container of suppressed pain are reflected in disciplines as diverse as art, sculpture, music, and psychology"-- Provided by publisher
Series Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 163

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