The Logic of Slavery: Debt, Technology, and Pain in American Literature

The Logic of Slavery: Debt, Technology, and Pain in American Literature

Tim Armstrong


In American historical past and through the Western international, the subjugation perpetuated by means of slavery has created a special 'culture of slavery'. That tradition exists as a metaphorical, inventive and literary culture hooked up to the enslaved – humans whose lives are 'owed' to a different, who're used as tools through one other and who needs to suffer agony in silence. Tim Armstrong explores the metaphorical legacy of slavery in American tradition by means of investigating debt, expertise and soreness in African-American literature and a variety of different writings and works of art. Armstrong's cautious research finds how notions of the slave as a debtor lie hidden in our money owed of the commodified self and the way writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rebecca Harding Davis, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison grapple with the pervasive view that slaves are equivalent to machines

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