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Fabienne Kanor


The first aim of Mapping Slavery is to investigate on three continents a series of lieux de mémoire related to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and more specifically to the hold of the slave ship. In connection with detailed descriptions and analysis of these particular symbolic places, my book project also examines the way the experience of the Middle Passage is represented in contemporary literary, cinematographic and artistic productions of Francophone Africa, the French West Indies and the United States. The artists I focus on in this monograph all work on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its consequences. Their works are of great interest for they clearly express a need for remembrance, but also for healing and reparation. Based on an interdisciplinary approach drawing on transnational literary, cinematographic and artistic works, archives, historical documents and a wide theoretical corpus ranging from Edouard Glissant and Gaston Bachelard to Paul Gilroy and Joy DeGruy, Mapping Slavery will help reframe our global understanding of a “past not passed” and our comprehension of contemporary traumas.