Contre-figures du mal et transgression de l’imaginaire. De William Snelgrave à Mary Prince.
Counter-figures of Evil and Imaginary Transgression. From William Snelgrave to Mary Prince.
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Slave narrative; colonialism of power; (auto)biography; slave trade; postcolonial studies
Summary/Abstract: This article proposes to study the theme of moral transgressions in the 18th century slave narratives by such authors as William Snelgrave, Olaudah Equiano, Gabriel Mailhol and Mary Prince. Specifically, it focuses on how these authors take a stand on the theme of evil, understood as both physical and symbolic violence inscribed in the concept of slavery. In the narratives discussed, the slaves become the figures of misfortune (and the victims of the evil), which allows the authors to re-launch the debate on the position of the Other in the French society of the Enlightenment.
- Issue Year: 2010
- Issue No: 5
- Page Range: 49-64
- Page Count: 16
- Language: French