Françoise Král
This book explores the articulation of the aesthetics and the politics of Crossing the River beyond the focus on neo-slave narratives and sounds out the silence purposefully left by Caryl Phillips in his revisiting of slave history. Central to Phillips’s novel is an indictment of Western narrative forms – in particular the travelogue and the epistolary genre – which have played a pivotal role in the shaping of Western modernity and which Phillips experiments with as part of a project to invent a form suitable for the expression of a black transatlantic modernity in the wake of the postcolonial critique of Western historiography.



Part I

  • Writing ‘Into the face of History’
  • Chapter I. Sketching a genealogy of parallel histories
  • Chapter II. Sounding out the voids of history: the slave trade and its ‘ghost narratives’
  • Chapter III. Historical amnesia and prosthetic memory


Part II

  • The generic and aesthetic make-up of Crossing the River
  • Chapter I. Literary Filiations
  • Chapter II. Voicing history..


Part III

  • Post-Genealogies
  • Chapter I. Precarious homes
  • Chapter II. Of grafted limbs and post-genealogies.
  • Conclusion. Inhabiting the voids of history



2017 – 174 pages – Format : 17×23 cm
isbn : 978-2-84016-282-7 – Prix : 12€
Langue : anglais