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Critical Explorations of Britain’s Slave Past in Contemporary Black British Women’s Neo-Slave Narratives

Conference panel

27 June 2015
  • Organised by: Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Liverpool Hope University

@ Collegium of African American Research (CAAR) conference

- Although black British women’s literature generally has addressed the diasporic experience of migration to and life in Britain, the new millennium has witnessed a boom in “neo-slave narratives” (Bell 1987) produced by black British women writers. This panel, which presents research by scholars in the newly-established Black British Women’s Writing Network, examines how prize-winning authors such as Bernardine Evaristo, Jackie Kay, Andrea Levy invigorate the originally African American literary genre by exploring the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on British (literary) history.

Contributions

Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) - From Trading Slaves to Threading Neo-Slave Narratives: Black British Women

Sebnem Toplu (Ege University, Izmir): White Myth in Reverse: Blonde Roots (2008) by Bernardine Evaristo

Giovanna Buonanno (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) -  “I am black, I am black / And yet God made me, they say...”: (Re)Writing Women’s Lives in Laura Fish’s Strange Music

Helen Cousins (Newman University, Birmingham) - “Running for home”:  Slavery, Place and Belonging in Black British Women’s Neo-Slave Narratives