By Angela Naimou
Salvage Work examines modern literary responses to the law's building of personhood within the Americas. monitoring the intense afterlives of the criminal slave character from the 19th century into the twenty-first, Angela Naimou exhibits the felony slave to be a fractured yet generative determine for modern felony personhood throughout different types of race, citizenship, gender, and exertions. What emerges is a compelling and unique learn of ways legislation invents different types of identity and the way literature contends with the individual as a felony fiction. via readings of Francisco Goldman's The usual Seaman, Edwidge Danticat's Krik?Krak!, Rosario Ferre's Sweet Diamond airborne dirt and dust (Maldito Amor), Gayl Jones's Song for Anninho and Mosquito, and John Edgar Wideman's Fanon, Naimou indicates how literary engagements with felony personhood reconfigure formal narrative conventions in Black Atlantic historiography, the immigrant novel, the anticolonial romance, the trope of the speaking e-book, and the bildungsroman.
Revealing hyperlinks among colonial, civic, slave, exertions, immigration, and penal legislations, Salvage Work reframes debates over civil and human rights by way of revealing the shared hemispheric histories and results of criminal personhood throughout likely disparate identities-including the human and the company individual, the political refugee and the industrial migrant, and the stateless individual and the citizen.
In depicting the cloth is still of the criminal slave character within the de-industrialized neoliberal period, those literary texts boost a salvage aesthetic that invitations us to reconsider our political and aesthetic mind's eye of personhood. wondering liberal frameworks for civil and human rights in addition to what Naimou calls death-bound theories of personhood-in which kinds of human existence are basically defined as wasted, disposable, naked, or useless in law-Salvage Work hence responds to serious discussions of biopolitics and neoliberal globalization through exploring the opportunity of modern literature to reclaim the person from the criminal regimes that experience marked her.