The New Urban Atlantic

Creole Testimonies

Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1838

Authors: Aljoe, N.

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Analyses the relationships among the socio-historical contexts, generic forms, and rhetorical strategies of British West Indian slave narratives. Grounded by the syncretic theories of creolisation and testimonio  it breaks new ground by reading these dictated and fragmentary narratives on their own terms as examples of 'creole testimony'.

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NICOLE N. ALJOE Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, USA.

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'Creole Testimonies will become the standard work on West Indian slave narratives and ex-slave narratives. Aljoe accurately points out that scholars and readers have long preferred the North American ex-slave narratives, such as Frederick Douglass's, because through them shines a single seemingly authentic author . . . Creole Testimonies argues for the centrality of these narratives based on their collaborative nature, in which several voices, including the slave's or freed-person's, argued about black humanity and the legitimacy of slavery and based on their reflection of West Indian culture and even Caribbean topography - fragments assembled by men and women into a meaningful whole.' - John Saillant, professor of English and History, Western Michigan University


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Aljoe, Nicole N.

    Pages 1-25

  • The Forms of Creole Testimony: A Poetics of Fragmentation

    Aljoe, Nicole N.

    Pages 27-56

  • The Creole Voices of West Indian Slave Narratives

    Aljoe, Nicole N.

    Pages 57-91

  • “Going to Law”: Legal Discourse and Testimony in Early West Indian Slave Narratives

    Aljoe, Nicole N.

    Pages 93-118

  • Zombie Testimony: Creole Religious Discourse in West Indian Slave Narratives

    Aljoe, Nicole N.

    Pages 119-144

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creole Testimonies
Book Subtitle
Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1838
Authors
Series Title
The New Urban Atlantic
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01280-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137012807
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33810-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34110-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 185
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