Haunting Capital: Memory, Text and the Black Diasporic Body Hershini Young

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Haunting Capital: Memory, Text and the Black Diasporic Body  by  Hershini Young

Haunting Capital: Memory, Text and the Black Diasporic Body by Hershini Young
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An exciting combination of literary studies, diaspora studies, and trauma studies. In Haunting Capital, Hershini Young sets out to re-theorize the African diaspora so that the concept becomes unintelligible without an understanding of gender as aMoreAn exciting combination of literary studies, diaspora studies, and trauma studies.

In Haunting Capital, Hershini Young sets out to re-theorize the African diaspora so that the concept becomes unintelligible without an understanding of gender as a constitutive element. Young uses the historically injured bodies of black women, as represented in novels by black women, to talk about colonialism, gender, race, memory and haunting. Haunting Capital departs from traditional trauma studies, which stress individual wounding and psychotherapeutic models. Instead, Young explores the notion of injury as a collective wounding, resulting from the trauma of capitalistic regimes such as slavery and colonialism.

She also introduces the idea of the ghost to her discussion of collective injury, where it functions not only on theoretical and metaphorical levels, but also by invoking African cosmologies in which ghosts are ancestral beings with a real spiritual presence. More specifically, Young insists on the contemporary reality of African nations and eschews the presentation of Africa as a vague, undifferentiated point of origin that characterizes many other studies of the African diaspora. American and Caribbean novels, works to show the African diaspora as haunted by similar, though different, issues of gendered and racialized violence.



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