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Framing Violence

Framing Violence

Resistance, Redemption, and Recuperative Strategies in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

(p.68) 3 Framing Violence
African Diasporic Women's Narratives
Simone A. James Alexander
University Press of Florida

This chapter recuperates the black female subject, Tituba, from obscurity, reinstating her and her story into the national discourse. Tituba's story is one of migration and repatriation. She accomplishes circuitous journeys, exemplary of enslavement in reverse, travelling from Barbados back into slavery to Salem, Massachusetts, and then back home again to Barbados. Tituba's migrations chronicle the (gendered) violence that is often deemed too horrific to tell, within which the diasporic subject is fixed. However, revealing these horrors facilitates the scripting of an alternative discourse that resists the masculinist narrative, and redeems and reinstates the subject. Alternatively, Tituba's mobility lends itself to transnational alliances as her travels challenge the concept of place, identity and belonging. Tituba advocates for transnational feminism which operates within an antiracist and anti-imperialist ideological framework.

Keywords:   Enslavement, Diaspora, Mobility, Transnational feminism, Imperialism

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