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Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature (Western African Studies): Laura T. Murphy

Metaphor and the Slave Trade provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that describe the trauma, loss, and suffering associated with the commerce in human lives, this book shows how the horrors of slavery are communicated from generation to generation.

Laura T. Murphy’s insightful new readings of canonical West African fiction, autobiography, drama, and poetry explore the relationship between memory and metaphor and emphasize how repressed or otherwise marginalized memories can be transmitted through images, tropes, rumors, and fears. By analyzing the unique codes through which West Africans have represented the slave trade, this work foregrounds African literary contributions to Black Atlantic discourse and draws attention to the archive that metaphor unlocks for scholars of all disciplines and fields of study.


“Metaphor and the Slave Trade is a book that is long overdue in African literary studies. Using many of the literary canon’s most read texts, the author has presented a new perspective in the reading of these and other texts of African literature, opening the way forward for readers to nuance each and every African text for the subtle metaphors that point to a people’s memory of the slave trade.”—African Studies Quarterly

“Original and challenging…(Murphy) argues that while it has been acknowledged that the oral tradition registers the traumatic effect of the slave trade, scholars have been slow to recognize its deep imprint on the collective imaginary and the way in which it has been reflected in the modern literature in English.”—F. Abiola Irele, author of The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora

“Murphy brings to the foreground a hitherto concealed trove of metaphors that, while inspired by the dark, long and gruesome history of slavery in West Africa, will prove to be a highly suggestive resource for re-thinking African literary history. A timely and highly innovative work.”—Ato Quayson, editor of the Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature

“Drawing on the writings of Tutuola, Okri, Armah and Aidoo, Laura Murphy demonstrates how modern authors of fiction in Africa employ metaphors of the slave trade to reflect cultural memory of a past that is always alive in the present, no matter how obscure.”—Paul E. Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History, York University

“A well-researched and beautifully written textual study…authoritative and carefully argued.”—Stephanie Newell

About the Author

Laura T. Murphy is an assistant professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans. Her work has appeared in Research in African Literatures and in Studies in the Novel.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ohio University Press; 1st edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0821419951
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0821419953
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

Indigenous youth on continued colonialism at COP15

CGTN America – Dec 17, 2022

Many young First Nation #Indigenous people walking the halls of #COP15 in #Montreal tell us they feel uninspired by the proposed solutions to the #biodiversity crisis which they say are steeped in both #colonialism and #capitalism.

We asked how they felt about being faced with the responsibility of inheriting this world and stepping into leadership roles while still being so young. Hear what they have to say.

Climate activists break into chemical plant near Lyon to protest against pollution

euronews – Dec 17, 2022

Climate protesters said they wanted “to condemn the pollution of the environment and the poisoning of residents by the chemical compounds produced by the industrial site”.

What is motivating those who make the journey across the Channel? – BBC Newsnight

BBC News Dec 15, 2022

A migrant dinghy sunk off the coast of Kent, UK this week, killing four people, as those on board crossed the English Channel in freezing temperatures. Newsnight’s UK Editor Sima Kotecha speaks to a Syrian man who made the journey across the Channel into the UK and tells of his experiences. But should there be a new asylum route to make the journey safer? And do we need tighter legislation?

Arctic blast for Christmas: Here’s why we believe there is a small but legit chance for snow

ABC13 Houston Dec 16, 2022

After an unseasonably humid and warm December stretch, those wishing for a winter wonderland on Dec. 25 may just get it.

Snowstorm, blizzard conditions just prior to Christmas | AccuWeather

AccuWeather – Dec 16, 2022

AccuWeather meteorologists say the chances are increasing for a major storm with snow and strong winds to occur in the days before Christmas over the central and eastern United States.

Colorado River states met to come up with water usage solutions

ABC15 Arizona – Dec 16, 2022

Over the past 20 years, the water levels along the Colorado River have dropped dramatically. The seven Colorado River states met to come up with water usage solutions.

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KXAN – Dec 14, 2022

Water is facing an uncertain future amid the global climate crisis. In Central Texas, extreme droughts and rapid development have placed the fate of our water supply in doubt. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/science/wat…

‘That’s chaos, it’s anarchy’ Laurence Tribe & Nancy Gertner on 2023 predictions for Trump, SCOTUS

GBH News– Streamed live on Dec 12, 2022

Heading into the new year, Donald Trump faces ongoing legal issues and potential new charges stemming from the January 6th insurrection and his alleged attempts to change the results of the 2020 Presidential election in Georgia. Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner and Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe joined Jim Braude to share their thoughts on the current legal problems surrounding the former President. They also discussed what potential charges against Trump for the Capitol insurrection mean for his 2024 presidential run, as well as the mountain of evidence against him. The two also share their take on recent Supreme Court decisions, including in the Dobbs case that reversed Roe V. Wade.

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Twitter suspension of journalist accounts sets dangerous precedent, says UN

Guardian News – Dec 17, 2022

The UN has said Twitter’s decision to ban the accounts of a number of prominent US tech reporters sets a dangerous precedent and that it is ‘very disturbed’ by the move. The organisation’s spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said on Friday: ‘Media voices should not be silenced on a platform that professes to be a space for freedom of speech.’ After conducting a public poll on how to proceed, Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk, decided to reinstate the accounts shortly after their suspension for what he said was their doxxing of his location Twitter’s suspension of journalists sets ‘dangerous precedent’, UN warns