Maroons And The Marooned: Runaways And Castaways In The Americas

ÉditeurRichard Bodek, Joseph Kelly

20 avril 2020|
Maroons And The Marooned: Runaways And Castaways In The Americas de Richard Bodek
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Contributions by Richard Bodek, Claire P. Curtis, Joseph Kelly, Simon Lewis, Steve Mentz, J. Brent Morris, Peter Sands, Edward Shore, and James O'Neil Spady

Commonly, the word maroon refers to someone cast away on an island. One becomes marooned, usually, through a storm at sea or by a captain as a method of punishment. But the term originally denoted escaped slaves. Though being marooned came to be associated mostly with white European castaways, the etymology invites comparison between true maroons (escaped slaves establishing new lives in the wilderness) and people who were marooned (through maritime disaster).

This volume brings together literary scholars with historians, encompassing both literal maroons such as in Brazil and South Carolina as well as metaphoric scenarios in time-travel novels and postapocalyptic narratives. Included are examples from The Tempest; Margaret Atwood?s MaddAddam trilogy; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur?s Court; and Octavia Butler?s Kindred.

Both runaways and castaways formed new societies in the wilderness. But true maroons, escaped slaves, were not cast away; they chose to fly towards the uncertainties of the wild in pursuit of freedom. In effect, this volume gives these maroons proper credit, at the very heart of American history.

Richard Bodek is professor of history at College of Charleston with an interest in working-class and popular culture. He is author of Proletarian Performance in Weimar Berlin: Agitprop, Chorus, and Brecht and coeditor of The Fruits of Exile: Central European Intellectual Immigration to America in the Age of Fascism. Joseph Kelly is pro...
Titre :Maroons And The Marooned: Runaways And Castaways In The Americas
Format :Papier sur carton
Dimensions de l'article :224 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :224 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 po
Publié le :20 avril 2020
Publié par :University Press of Mississippi
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9781496827203

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