Feith, Michel (2014):
"Introduction: Weaving Texts and Memories around Toni Morrison’s Beloved." Slavery Revisited. Special issue of Black Studies Papers 1.1: 3-23.
Journal Article

In this introduction, Michel Feith problematizes the complex relation between writing and the history of slavery by focusing on two case studies that reconfigure this relation: an examination of the Memorial for the Abolition of Slavery, inaugurated in Nantes, France in 2012, and a triangulation between Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Saidiya Hartman’s Scenes of Subjection (1997) and Lose Your Mother (2007). What common ground seems to emerge from these two case studies—memory as a sort of compromise formation in the monument, and the varying mixes of ob- jectivity and empathy in the texts—is a sense of haunting, accompanied by an always compromised endeavor to lay at rest the ghosts of the Mid- dle Passage.