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Gender and violence in Cape slave narratives and post-narratives

Show simple item record Murray, Jessica 2012-01-26T08:02:36Z 2012-01-26T08:02:36Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation Murray, J. 2010, 'Gender and violence in Cape slave narratives and post-narratives', South African Historical Journal, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 444-462. en
dc.identifier.issn 0258-2473
dc.identifier.issn 1726-1686
dc.description This is a pre-print version of an artcle by Jessica Murray (2010): Gender and Violence in Cape Slave Narratives and Post-Narratives, South African Historical Journal, 62:3, 444-462 To link to this article:
dc.description.abstract Although most slaves’ experience of slavery is lost to posterity, in some cases historians are fortunate enough to work with so-called slave narratives. The existence of many criminal court cases enables the historian to hear the voice of the slave clearly – albeit briefly and under strained circumstances. Recently, some work has been done on these slave cases, but not in terms of narratives. Likewise, there is a new interest in post-narratives dealing with Cape slavery, but nobody has as yet connected these modern reincarnations with the earlier historical narratives. This article then, explores Cape slave narratives and post-narratives by focusing on the ways in which the bodies of slave women become the sites on which both physical and discursive violence is enacted. The nature of available texts necessitates a reading strategy that teases out information from the gaps and silences in the narratives in an attempt to reveal the variegated texture of the lived experience of slave women in eighteenth-century South Africa. The article demonstrates how the violent experiences of slave women, and the resultant trauma, complicate a clear-cut distinction between fact and fiction. Through a juxtaposition of court records and a fictional post-narrative, the article uses a literary reading to access women’s stories. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.rights Taylor & Francis
dc.subject Violence
dc.subject Trauma
dc.subject Slave women
dc.subject Cape slave narratives
dc.title Gender and violence in Cape slave narratives and post-narratives en
dc.type Article en

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