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Nancy Rose Hunt, “Lorry Dreams and Slave Ship Disintegrations: Motion, Madness, and Incongruent Planes in History”: Motion and immobility may converge around transport conveyances in states and textures of mind and madness. This chapter juxtaposes 1950s Gold Coast lorries and commercial shrines with Guinea slave ships of the 1790s: thus, postwar melancholic Akan women and disintegrating slaves of the late eighteenth century. The mammy wagons and shrines of the first pry open a modern, emergent West African, where anthropologist Margaret Field encountered depressed women enmeshed in dreams, fast lorries, and vulnerability. A slow-moving slave ship generated suicide, dejected states of mind and deliria, and surgeons’ copious commentaries. Using Paul Virilio’s words about speed-as-milieu, the chapter disorders sequential time while investigating these incongruent milieus. Historians do not necessarily require patient “voices,” it is suggested, since microscopic cases yield plenty about diagnostic codes, textures to psychopathologies, racist formations, and experiences of cruelty, derangement, anguish, yet also of reverie.

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