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Isabel Guzzardo Tamargo

Neo-Maroon Narratives and Legacies of (Non)Sovereignty


Neo-slave narratives elucidate the false discourse of freedom and the need
for an ongoing project of abolition. Dionne Brand’s At the full and
change of the moon fits into this tradition, but reflects on the legacies of
specific slaves: the Maroons. By analyzing the development of Terre
Bouillante, the novel’s fictional Maroon settlement, we can see how its
legacy can be detrimental if seclusion is privileged. Yet, for some of this
settlement’s twentieth-century descendants, neo-marronage becomes

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