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Water and African American MemoryAn Ecocritical Perspective$
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Anissa Janine Wardi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037455

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037455.001.0001

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Wetlands, Swamps, and Bayous

Wetlands, Swamps, and Bayous

Bodies of Resistance in Kasi Lemmons's Eve's Bayou and Toni Morrison's Tar Baby (p.84)

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Water and African American Memory

Anissa Janine Wardi

University Press of Florida

This chapter maps the geographic and political contours of a water-saturated topography long associated with death, disease, and “blackness,” paying specific attention to swamps in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby and bayous in Kasi Lemons' Eve's Bayou. That both elements—land and water—co-exist, layer, and overlap to the point of being indistinguishable from one another engenders a theory of reading geographies, bodies, and texts as resisting hegemonic labeling and classification. In this way, marshes, swamps, and bayous—as well as those who inhabit these uncharted territories—are read as powerful sites of postcolonial resistance.

Keywords:   wetlands, swamps, bayous, Kasi Lemmons, Eve's Bayou, Toni Morrison, Tar Baby, Maroons, Spanish Moss, Gothic

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