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Spilling Spill: Chapter 5- What She Didn’t Say

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“the unsaid truths of black women in the context of verbal and emotional abuse, starvation and the middle passage.”

It is less than three weeks until my book Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity comes out.  Can’t wait? You can read the whole first chapter here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Booksellers/pubMaterialsDetail.php?productid=4518

Spill is not an easy book to describe, so I saw creating the meta-data, aka the abstracts and keywords that online databases and libraries use to search for books, as its own poetic exercise.  I am sharing the abstracts one chapter at a time here on my blog.  If you haven’t seen the posts over the past few weeks, here they are:

Spill:  The Abstract

Chapter: 1: How She Knew

Chapter 2: How She Spelled It

Chapter 3: How She Left

Chapter 4: How She Survived Until Then

Chapter 5: What She Did Not Say offers literary documentation of the unsaid truths of black women in the context of verbal and emotional abuse, starvation and the middle passage. Phillis Wheatley is a witness to this chapter. The traces of the unsaid are represented through fault-lines, dreams, hoodoo practices, stand-offs, silence and scarification. This chapter should be interesting to anyone who cares about subalternity, the foreclosure of the native informant, foreclosure of actual homes, relationship dynamics, break-ups, resentment, internalized oppression, suicide and/or the inner lives of black women.  

Keywords:

silence

verbal abuse

death

Phillis Wheatley

foreclosure

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You can pre-order Spill here.

Educators…order a desk copy or exam copy of Spill for a course you are teaching here.

If you are interested in writing about Spill or interviewing me about it please contact Laura Sells at Duke University Press—–lsell@dukeupress.edu

If you are interested in hosting an event contact Chad Royal at Duke University Press— chad.royal@dukeupress.edu.

 

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