This project examines 19th-century abolitionist Ellen Craft’s visuals and written text and wrestles with the tension between the ideological weapons of control constructing violent images and representations of her; but also, how Craft resists these images and scripts. Utilizing Christina Sharpe’s theory of wake work and being in the wake helps to re-affirm Craft’s work of using writing and photography as a resistance tool to participate in a re-scripting and rewriting of the value and function of her body in society. The result of Craft’s re-scripting and rewriting reveal and magnify Craft’s ingenuity, her manufacturing of an escape that depended on her deep knowledge and subversion of a white supremacist patriarchal world.
|Commitee:||Rambsy, Howard, Brooks, Tisha, Ramaswamy, Anushiya|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, British and Irish literature, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||African American Studies, Black feminism, Black women, Ellen Craft, Visual culture|
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