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Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery

Yogita Goyal


Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery tracks the emergence of slavery as the defining template through which current forms of human rights abuses are understood. To fathom forms of freedom and bondage today—from unlawful detention to sex trafficking, the refugee crisis, genocide—this project reads a vast range of contemporary literature, showing how the literary forms used to tell these stories derive from the antebellum genre of the slave narrative. Exploring the ethics and aesthetics of globalism, the book forwards alternative conceptions of human rights, showing that the revival ... More

Keywords: genre, slavery, postcolonial, African American, human rights, global, diaspora, fiction, Atlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479829590
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479829590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yogita Goyal, author
University of California, Los Angeles

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