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The Archive of Fear: White Crisis and Black Freedom in Douglass, Stowe, and Du Bois

Christina Zwarg

Abstract

Not about Haiti but about the haunting power of its revolution, The Archive of Fear explores the traumatic force field that continued to inflect U.S. discussions of slavery and abolition both before and after the Civil War, sometimes with surprising intensity and endurance. Focusing on U.S. slavery and its aftermath in the nineteenth century, it challenges the long-assumed distinction between psychological and cultural-historical theories of trauma, discovering a virtual dialogue between three central U.S. writers and Sigmund Freud concerning the traumatic response of slavery’s perpetrators. T ... More

Keywords: freedom, crisis, trauma, reconstruction, archive, afterwardsness, terror, mesmerism, Sigmund Freud, Haitian revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198866299
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198866299.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Zwarg, author
Professor of English, Haverford College, USA