Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures Amid the Debris of Legal Personhood

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Salvage Work examines contemporary literary responses to the law's construction of personhood in the Americas. Tracking the extraordinary afterlives of the legal slave personality from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first, Angela Naimou shows the legal slave to be a fractured but generative figure for contemporary legal personhood across categories of race, citizenship, gender, and labor. What emerges is a compelling and original study of how law invents categories of identification and how literature contends with ...

Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures Amid the Debris of Legal Personhood 2017, American Literatures Initiative, New York

ISBN-13: 9780823278725

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Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood 2015, Fordham University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780823264766

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