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The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching

Sandy Alexandre

Abstract

This book focuses on two connected issues: representations of lynching in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century American photographs, poetry, and fiction; and those representations’ effects. It shows how putting representations of lynching in dialogue with the history of lynching uncovers the profound investment of African American literature—as an enterprise that continually seeks to create conceptual spaces for the disenfranchised culture it represents—in matters of property and territory. Through studies ranging from lynching photographs to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Beloved, the boo ... More

Keywords: lynching, African American literature, history, Beloved, possession, dispossession, white womanhood, iconography, violence, black people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617036651
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036651.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandy Alexandre, author

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