Index
abeng, 67, 125, 218n107
Abeng (Cliff ), 124–26
afterimage, 1–4, 7, 11, 13–15, 21,
26–28, 98, 133; of slavery, 177; cor-
poreal, 18, 20
Amazon warrior women, 172
American slave romance, 41–42
Arago, Jacques, 132, 134–35, 220n130
Arawak, 170
archival: embodiment, 11; intent, 12
Atlantic Ocean, 12, 14; circum-
Atlantic, 174; Atlantic, the, 6, 148,
163; transatlantic, 70, 95, 113
auditory impulse, 2, 15
Aunt Jemima, 102, 108, 112, 114–15,
123, 131; black power and, 108,
112; as constructed image, 113; New
Jemima, The, 109; in poetry, 111; as
superwoman, 110
Autobiography of My Mother (Kincaid),
86–92, 125; nonmothering in, 93–94
Baker, Josephine, 112
Beloved (Morrison), 5, 13, 22, 57, 68, 74,
80, 138, 187, 199n15; Baby Suggs,
23–24, 62–3, 106–7, 166–70, 175;
Beloved, 11, 60, 76, 103–4, 139,
181–82; ellipses in, 104–5; Fugitive
Slave Act in, 102–3; hypermothering
in, 61; Sethe, 6, 8, 25, 58–59, 64, 76,
197n30
Benítez-Rojo, Antonio: 6–7, 23, 70,
196n26
black Atlantic, 3, 8, 13, 15–16, 42, 60,
141, 146, 160; dispersals, 143; for-
gotten bodies, 4; haunting, 12;
historical figures, 16; legacy of, 18;
literature, 8, 147; maternity, 101;
musical improvisation, 194; pain,
97; photographic processes, 192;
protectionism, 108; self-reflective
imperative, 9; subjects, 6, 19, 59,
114, 131, 134, 140; subjectivities, 11,
14, 17, 148, 175, 181
black subjectivity, 1, 7, 82, 107, 207n8
Black Thunder (Bontemps): wounded
black women in, 213n19, 216n80
black women: birthing modernity, 8;
black maternal investment, 94; black
womanhood, 26, 94, 174; bodies of,
12, 30, 41–42, 47, 59; bodies as ar-
chive of time, 177; corporeal tran-
scendence and, 140; hyperembodi-
ment and, 13; hypermasculine
performance and, 16; hyperpresence
of, 56; hypervisibility of, 7, 14, 63;
as invisible armor, 102; as logistical
inconvenience, 4; as martyr symbol,
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