Scarring the Black Body: Race and Representation in African American Literature

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Index
African American body, 2, 3, 7, 24; marked or wounded, 4, 7, 111, 112; as sign/language, 4, 9, 94, 95; as voice, 6, 69, 95; as metaphor, 8, 128; as flesh, 9, 23—24; rituals of marking, 15, 16; in pain, 37, 38, 82, 85, 90, 91; rhetorical strategies of, 38—42, 69, 116; as “speaking” text, 39, 40
African American culture, 2, 5; Los Angeles street culture, 2, 159; civil rights movement, 3; folk/oral histo- ry, 5, 68, 82; call and response, 11, 12, 58; signifyin', 12; “begetting of wounds, ” 14; and black dialect, 68; ancestral memory, 81; spiritual pu- rification, 91—93; healing rituals, 126, 127; migration from South to North, 148, 149
African American identity, 6, 7, 11; criminalization of, 5, 6, 23; cultural markers of, 10; blacks as offsprings of Satan, 22, 23; black womanhood and disfigurement, 44; black man- hood, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 138, 139, 140, 145—46, 160—61; in film, 140
African American institutions: church religion, 1, 2; Baptist church culture 2; and African religions, 93
African American writers: reclaiming the black body, 6, 8, 9, 12, 82, 151, 152; as respondents to culture, 7, 16, 58, 81, 82, 114, 157; reclaiming the black self, 11, 69, 162; and Ameri- can history, 62
Africans: as indentured servants, 10, 20; as racial Other, 11, 19, 20, 21; as
property, 23, 25, 26; and ceremonial tribal markings, 30, 31, 32; and the Middle Passage, 33; and ethnic ori- gins, 33, 34
American body politic, 3, 4, 8; cultural identities, 10; formations of race, 19—20; national disremembering of slavery, 87, 88; and black male stereotypes, 139, 140
American legal system: and slavery, 21; black women and rape, 21, 22; and master's rights, 22; Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, 40; Fugitive Slave Law of 1793, 40; and African Americans' displacement, 135n29
Anzaldua, Gloria: “borderlands, ” 9, 13
Bachelard, Gaston: and phenomenolo- gy of space/body, 126, 132, 133
Baker, Houston: and black women's expression, 72, 73, 126, 128, 135n29
Benston, Kimberly W.: and literary self-creation, 6
Bibb, Henry: and public flogging, 36
Brent, Linda. See Jacobs, Harriet
Brown vs. Board of Education (1954), 140n4
Carby, Hazel, 49, 72
Christian, Barbara: and Petry's The Street,136
Cooey, Paula: and religion and the body, 3
Davis, Angela: and slave rebellion, 65, 66
De facto slavery, 20

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