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Wetlands, Swamps, and Bayous

Anissa Janine Wardi

in Water and African American Memory

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037455
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037455.003.0004
Wetlands, Swamps, and Bayous

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This chapter maps the geographic and political contours of a water-saturated topography long associated with death, disease, and “blackness,” paying specific attention to swamps in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby and bayous in Kasi Lemons' Eve's Bayou. That both elements—land and water—co-exist, layer, and overlap to the point of being indistinguishable from one another engenders a theory of reading geographies, bodies, and texts as resisting hegemonic labeling and classification. In this way, marshes, swamps, and bayous—as well as those who inhabit these uncharted territories—are read as powerful sites of postcolonial resistance.

Keywords: wetlands; swamps; bayous; Kasi Lemmons; Eve's Bayou; Toni Morrison; Tar Baby; Maroons; Spanish Moss; Gothic

Chapter.  12296 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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