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Metaphors of the Slave Trade in West African Literature

Published by Ohio University Press in Athens, Ohio .
Written in English.

About the Book

Metaphor and the Slave Trade provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that describe the trauma, loss, and suffering associated with the commerce in human lives, this book shows how the horrors of slavery are communicated from generation to generation.

Laura T. Murphy’s insightful new readings of canonical West African fiction, autobiography, drama, and poetry explore the relationship between memory and metaphor and emphasize how repressed or otherwise marginalized memories can be transmitted through images, tropes, rumors, and fears. By analyzing the unique codes through which West Africans have represented the slave trade, this work foregrounds African literary contributions to Black Atlantic discourse and draws attention to the archive that metaphor unlocks for scholars of all disciplines and fields of study.

About the Edition

Metaphor and the Slave Trade provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that describe the trauma, loss, and suffering associated with the commerce in human lives, this book shows how the horrors of slavery are communicated from generation to generation.

Laura T. Murphy’s insightful new readings of canonical West African fiction, autobiography, drama, and poetry explore the relationship between memory and metaphor and emphasize how repressed or otherwise marginalized memories can be transmitted through images, tropes, rumors, and fears. By analyzing the unique codes through which West Africans have represented the slave trade, this work foregrounds African literary contributions to Black Atlantic discourse and draws attention to the archive that metaphor unlocks for scholars of all disciplines and fields of study.

Table of Contents

Against amnesia: metaphors and memory in West Africa
Magical capture in a landscape of terror: the trope of the body in the bag in Amos Tutuola's My life in the bush of ghosts
Geographies of memory: mapping slavery's recurrence in Ben Okri's The famished road
The curse of constant remembrance: the belated trauma of the slave trade in Ayi Kwei Armah's Fragments
Childless mothers and dead husbands: the enslavement of intimacy and Ama Ata Aidoo's secret language of memory
The suffering of survival
The future of the past: the new historical fiction.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
820.93580966
Library of Congress
PR9340.5 .M87 2012

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25151134M
ISBN 13
9780821419953
LC Control Number
2011051426
Wikidata
Q73365713
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