Abstract

Abstract:

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, the 1857 autobiography and war memoir by Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole, has had a long and prolific afterlife in British and Caribbean public imaginations. This article traces the corrective histories deployed to reorder Seacole's narrative into more contemporary political frameworks of anti-racism, multiculturalism, and humanitarianism. In doing so, this article lays bare the constructions of postcolonial black experience and emphasizes the complex experiences of black women in the diaspora. This includes a recognition of the limits of current conceptual frames of inclusion, agency, and resistance in black postcolonial studies and studies of empire.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1920-1222
Print ISSN
0004-1327
Pages
pp. 1-31
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-23
Open Access
No
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