The Mulatta Concubine: Terror, Intimacy, Freedom, and Desire in the Black Transatlantic by Lisa Ze WintersThe Mulatta Concubine: Terror, Intimacy, Freedom, and Desire in the Black Transatlantic by Lisa Ze Winters

The Mulatta Concubine: Terror, Intimacy, Freedom, and Desire in the Black Transatlantic

byLisa Ze Winters

Hardcover | January 15, 2016

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Popular and academic representations of the free mulatta concubine repeatedly depict women of mixed black African and white racial descent as defined by their sexual attachment to white men, and thus they offer evidence of the means to and dimensions of their freedom within Atlantic slave societies. In The Mulatta Concubine, Lisa Ze Winters contends that the uniformity of these representations conceals the figure’s centrality to the practices and production of diaspora.

Beginning with a meditation on what captive black subjects may have seen and remembered when encountering free women of color living in slave ports, the book traces the echo of the free mulatta concubine across the physical and imaginative landscapes of three Atlantic sites: Gorée Island, New Orleans, and Saint Domingue (Haiti). Ze Winters mines an archive that includes a 1789 political petition by free men of color, a 1737 letter by a free black mother on behalf of her daughter, antebellum newspaper reports, travelers’ narratives, ethnographies, and Haitian Vodou iconography. Attentive to the tenuousness of freedom, Ze Winters argues that the concubine figure’s manifestation as both historical subject and African diasporic goddess indicates her centrality to understanding how free and enslaved black subjects performed gender, theorized race and freedom, and produced their own diasporic identities.

LISA ZE WINTERS is an associate professor of English and African American studies at Wayne State University.
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Title:The Mulatta Concubine: Terror, Intimacy, Freedom, and Desire in the Black TransatlanticFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820348961

ISBN - 13:9780820348964

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Lisa Ze Winters’s groundbreaking book, The Mulatta Concubine, challenges nationally and regionally centered studies of black women’s sexuality during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through her juxtaposition of African signaresand ‘free(d) mulatta concubines’ in the US and the Caribbean. . . . Ze Winters then pushes literary historical work on this era not just to include black women, but to shift our central reading practices and critical questions around the limits and possibilities of freedom, race, agency, and embodiment in the Black Transatlantic. - Samantha Pinto - ALH Online Review Series