Possibilities of "Peace": Lévinas's Ethics, Memory, and Black History in Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes

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dc.contributor.author Emode, Ruth
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-24T22:13:59Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-24T22:13:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-04-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4544
dc.description.abstract This thesis interrogates how Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes represents histories of violence ethically by utilizing Emmanuel Lévinas’s philosophy of ethics as a methodology for interpretation. Traditional slave narratives like Olaudah Equiano’s autobiography and postmodern neo-slave narratives like Toni Morrison’s Beloved animate the violence endemic to slavery and colonialism in an effort to emphasize struggles in conscience, the incomprehensible atrocities, and strategies of rebellion. However, this project illustrates how The Book of Negroes supplements these literary goals with Hill’s own imagination of how slaves contested the inhumanities thrust upon them. Through his aesthetic choices as a realist, Hill foregrounds the possibilities of pacifism, singular identities, and altruistic agency through his protagonist Aminata Diallo. These three narrative elements constitute Lévinas’s ethical peace, which means displaying a profound sensitivity towards the historical Other whom imperial discourses and traditional representations of catastrophes in Black history might obscure. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Black History en_US
dc.subject Canadian Literature en_US
dc.subject Emmanuel Levinas en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject Slave Narrative en_US
dc.title Possibilities of "Peace": Lévinas's Ethics, Memory, and Black History in Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Shlensky, Lincoln
dc.degree.department Dept. of English en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0325 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0328 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0352 en_US

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