Travelling Genres: Virality and the Neo-Slave Narrative
This project analyses the formal, aesthetic, political and social resonances, as well as the global movements and translations of the neo-slave narrative form by focusing on a case study of Caribbean texts. Though the genre has been extensively explored as engagements with the discursive manifestation of structural racisms in the United States, its relationships to issues of colonialism and neo-colonialism outside of the US context have not been extensively explored. My study of the numerous permutations of neo-slave narratives by Caribbean artists working in a variety of media highlights the myriad ways in which contemporary artists engage with the continuing impacts of the colonial era and reveals the inherent transnationality and malleability of the genre.
Viral Culture Lecture
Nicole Aljoe received her Ph.D. from Tufts University, her Masters at University of Vermont, and her B.A. in Art History at Vassar College. Her research and teaching focuses on 18th and 19th Century Black Atlantic and Caribbean literatures with a specialization on the slave narrative. She has published essays and chapters in The Journal of Early American Literature, African American Review, Anthurium, The Oxford Companion to African American Slave Narratives, and Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Nicole is the author of Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1836 (Palgrave 2012) and co-editor of Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas (UVA Press, forthcoming).
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