The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary
Black Rapture: Corporeal Afterimage and Transnational Desire
Chapter 1 analyzes cultural productions of the late contemporary moment that complicate the hypervisibilty of slave women’s sexual embodiment. The chapter uses Mary Ann Doane’s theory of the photographic afterimage along with Saidiya Hartman’s articulation of gendered submission as a way to situate slave women’s bodies as corporeal “sites of memory” where it is possible for slave masters to visit their patriarchal predecessors’ handiwork in the bodies of their own slaves. The myth of black women’s sexual supremacy furthers this cause, as it is precisely the marking of their flesh that serves as the racial coding to the planter class....