Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic by Celeste-Marie Bernier

By Celeste-Marie Bernier

Across the centuries, the acts and humanities of black heroism have encouraged a
provocative, experimental, and self-reflexive highbrow, political, and aesthetic tradition.
In Characters of Blood, Celeste-Marie Bernier illuminates the methods in which
six iconic males and women—Toussaint Louverture, Nathaniel Turner, Sengbe Pieh, Sojourner Truth,
Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman—challenged the dominant conceptualizations of their
histories and performed a key function within the building of another visible and textual
archive.

While those figures have survived as symbolic touchstones, Bernier
contends that students have not begun to do justice to their advanced our bodies of labor or their
multifaceted lives. Adopting a comparative and transatlantic method of her subjects’
extraordinary lifestyles tales, the writer analyzes a wealth of inventive work—from literature, drama,
and artwork to public monuments, non secular tracts, and old narratives—to express how it
represents enslaved heroism during the usa, Africa, and the Caribbean. In mapping
this black diasporic culture of resistance, Bernier intends not just to bare the limitations
and distortions on list but additionally to complicate the definitions of black heroism that experience been
limited through ideological barriers among heroic and anti-heroic websites and attractions of
struggle.

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