Voices of Reticence, Desire, and Resistance in The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave Related by Herself (1831)

Gioia Angeletti (Universitá degli Studi di Parma)

Abstract

Il saggio propone una lettura dell’io narrante in The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave Related by Herself (1831), memoir di una donna di origini africane che divenne schiava nelle colonie inglesi dei Caraibi. Il discorso critico ruota attorno alle questioni di authorship, agency e autenticità, concentrandosi, in primo luogo, sulla nozione di invisibilità del soggetto subalterno femminile, così come fu teorizzato da Gayatri Spivak. Dopo aver analizzato il binomio presenza-assenza di tale soggetto, il saggio affronterà le questioni suddette in relazione alla resistenza e resilienza espresse dal narratore e ricorrendo, in questo caso, al paradigma antifreudiano del desiderio e del corpo politico enunciato da Deleuze e Guattari.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-193

Parole chiaveThe History of Mary Prince, reticence, desire, resistance, resilience, agency.

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