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Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood

Angela Naimou


This book argues for the significance of the person as a legal fiction to contemporary literature of the United States and Caribbean. It shows how apparently defunct categories of exceptional legal personhood, such as the legal slave, move across and beyond their sites of origin to generate the meanings of exceptional legal personhood in the present. Contemporary literature responds to the slave personality as legal debris in the twenty-first century, haunting the archive of Atlantic slavery and contemporary black life as well as the legal identities of the refugee, the disappeared, the sex wo ... More

Keywords: Caribbean literature, American literature, African American literature, Latina/o literature, postcolonial, Legal personhood, Juridical person, Legal slave, aesthetics of salvage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823264766
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Naimou, author
Clemson University