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Haunted Property: Slavery and the Gothic

Sarah Gilbreath Ford

Abstract

At the heart of America’s slave system was the legal definition of people as property. While property ownership is a cornerstone of the American dream, the status of enslaved people supplies a contrasting American nightmare. This book considers how writers in works from 19th slave narratives to 21st century poetry employ gothic tools, such as ghosts and haunted houses, to portray the horrors of this nightmare. Out of all of slavery’s perils, the definition of people as property is the central impetus for haunting because it allows the perpetration of all of the other terrors. Property becomes ... More

Keywords: Gothic, Slavery, Property, Haunting, Southern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496829696
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496829696.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Gilbreath Ford, author
Baylor University