Imperial Intimacies

Product Number: EB00746281
Released: Sep 24, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781788735124
Publisher: Verso
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A haunting and evocative history of British empire, told through one woman's search through her family's story Where are you from? Hazel Carby was continually asked as a girl, at a time when being Black and being British was understood to be an impossibility. To answer that question properly, eminent scholar Hazel Carby finds that she needs to trace not just the family history of her Jamaican father and her Welsh mother, but begin to untangle the knots of connection the British Empire created across the Atlantic. Tracing the skeins of this knotted past through the method of "autohistory," Imperial Intimacies charts empire's violent interweaving of lives and states, Jamaica and Britain, capital and bodies, public language and private feeling. In so doing, Carby will find herself reckoning with what she can tell, what she can remember, and what she can bear to know. In this evocative and literary history in the tradition of Saidiya Hartman's Lose Your Mother and Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family, Carby explores the vexations of belonging in a world shaped by imperial desires, asks how we can sort through the wreckage of history, and demonstrates what a true reckoning with the legacies of empire and slavery might look like.

Author(s): Hazel V. Carby
Original Publish Date: Sep 24, 2019

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