Viral virtual varicose Douglass inside the World Wide Web: or how to make a great black man invisible

Wood, Marcus (2017) Viral virtual varicose Douglass inside the World Wide Web: or how to make a great black man invisible. In: Berniere, Celeste-Marie and Durkin, Hannah (eds.) Pictures and power: imaging and imagining Frederick Douglass (1818-2018). Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The chapter explores the distortions and fictions which America’s memory industries have developed around Frederick Douglass. The sinister processes of valorization and matyrological fetishisation which have been used to disguise and efface American’s slave inheritance via a superscription of white patriarchal triumphalism jump out of this text as the lurid monstrosities they are. The demonstrates how an equal and opposite semiotics of distortion has also been catastrophically laid upon the cultural construction of Frederick Douglass. Douglass is dragged out of the virtual filth which threatens to turn him into slavery’s most tragic ‘oreo’

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Frederick Douglass, slavery, representations, blackness, hairstyles, Biographical Myth, Photography, Virtual Rality
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Marcus Wood
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2017 09:37
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2017 09:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67101
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