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Race, Slavery, and the Expression of Sexual Violence in Louisa Picquet, The Octoroon

Livesey, A Race, Slavery, and the Expression of Sexual Violence in Louisa Picquet, The Octoroon. American Nineteenth Century History. ISSN 1466-4658 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Historically, victims of sexual violence have rarely left written accounts of their abuse, so while sexual violence has long been associated with slavery in the United States, historians have few accounts from formerly enslaved people who experienced it first-hand. Through a close reading of the narrative of Louisa Picquet, a survivor of sexual violence in Georgia and Louisiana, this article reflects on the recovery of evidence of sexual violence under slavery through amanuensis-recorded testimony, the unintended evidence of survival within the violent archive of female slavery, and the expression of “race” as an authorial device through which to demonstrate the multigenerational nature of sexual victimhood.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 08:44
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 08:47
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14664658.2018.1538009
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9549

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