By Celeste-Marie Bernier
Across the centuries, the acts and humanities of black heroism have encouraged a
provocative, experimental, and self-reflexive highbrow, political, and aesthetic tradition.
In Characters of Blood, Celeste-Marie Bernier illuminates the methods in which
six iconic males and women—Toussaint Louverture, Nathaniel Turner, Sengbe Pieh, Sojourner Truth,
Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman—challenged the dominant conceptualizations of their
histories and performed a key position within the building of an alternate visible and textual
While those figures have survived as symbolic touchstones, Bernier
contends that students haven't begun to do justice to their complicated our bodies of labor or their
multifaceted lives. Adopting a comparative and transatlantic method of her subjects’
striking lifestyles tales, the writer analyzes a wealth of artistic work—from literature, drama,
and artwork to public monuments, spiritual tracts, and old narratives—to exhibit how it
represents enslaved heroism during the usa, Africa, and the Caribbean. In mapping
this black diasporic culture of resistance, Bernier intends not just to bare the limitations
and distortions on checklist but in addition to complicate the definitions of black heroism that experience been
constrained by way of ideological limitations among heroic and anti-heroic websites and points of interest of
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Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination by Celeste-Marie Bernier