“Slavery: The 21st Century Global Slave Narrative Trade”

MURPHY, Laura (2022). “Slavery: The 21st Century Global Slave Narrative Trade”. In: EVANS, Joel, (ed.) Globalization and Literary Studies. Cambridge University Press, 294-304.

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A contemporary anti-slavery movement has emerged in response to the diverse array of forms of forced labour that proliferate in the twenty-first-century global economy. The movement has encouraged survivors to speak out about their experiences of enslavement and to work as activists in a new abolitionist cause. As a result, the genre of the slave narrative, so popular among nineteenth-century abolitionists, has reemerged as a form of protest literature. This article suggests that by documenting the very fact of enslavement in the 21st century, the new slave narrators collectively reveal the widespread failure of the promises of globalisation, even as they celebrate their emergence into it. Through these narratives, we are able to discern the true contours of globalisation, the radical inequalities that remain and are fed by the transnational flow of commodities, including but not exclusively labour, and the slavery that is endemic and even encouraged in these global transactions.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Expected to be published in April 2022
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108887915.019
Page Range: 294-304
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 15:23
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 11:46
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29179

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