Abstract

In Crossing the River, Caryl Phillips explores African complicity in the transatlantic slave trade and white exploitation of the children of the African Diaspora in order to model how those who initiated and benefit from this history can take responsibility for their treatment of its victims, restore their humanity through representation, and celebrate their survival. Refusing to offer easy solutions for this complex history, Phillips places his black characters in a precarious space between trauma and death and challenges his readers to enter that space and reckon their responsibility to carry this history forward.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-6182
Print ISSN
1062-4783
Pages
pp. 129-144
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-23
Open Access
No
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