The starting point for this study is the nineteenth-century Caribbean narrative The History of Mary Prince (1831). Simmons puts Princeâs narrative in conversation with three twentieth-century novels: Zora Neale Hurstonâs Their Eyes Were Watching God, Gloria Naylorâs Mama Day, and Maryse CondÃ©âs I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. She incorporates autobiography theory to shift the critical focus from the object of studyÂslave historiesÂto the ways people talk about those histories and to the guiding interests of such discourses. In its reframing of womenâs migration narratives, Simmonsâs study unsettles theoretical certainties and disturbs the very notion of a cohesive diaspora.
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