Maafa Labour and the Entangled Literary Imagination. Representations of Enslaved Labour and Enslaving Labour in British, US-American and Ghanaian Fiction
Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt
Chair:Englische Literaturwissenschaft und Anglophone Literaturen
Relying on transregional and genealogical axes and grounded in TransArea Studies, this research project intersects African Studies, Cultural Studies and Transcultural English/American Studies. It will focus on fictional negotiations of “Maafa labour” (both “enslaved labour” and “enslaving labour”, as I call it) in US-American, Ghanaian and British literatures, comparing them and contextualizing them with other fictional and non-fictional texts. Given intersections with (physical, spiritual and intellectual) violence and resistance and/as labour is at the fore. Thus framed, US-American, British and Ghanaian literatures will be read as intellectual pillars of the “Maafa labour” (as involved with resistance and violence) in order to identify and analyse the share of the literary imagination in justifying, scrutinising, abolishing and remembering Maafa/unfree labour.