Caribbean Women, Creole Fashioning, and the Fabric of Black Atlantic Writing

Title:
Caribbean Women, Creole Fashioning, and the Fabric of Black Atlantic Writing
Authors:
Skeehan, Danielle C.
Abstract:
This essay examines how the circulation of British-produced cotton “Guinea” or “check” cloth between England, West Africa, and the Caribbean shaped the contours of the black Atlantic diaspora in the mid- to late eighteenth century. This cloth was exchanged for African captives in West African slaving ports, as well as exported to Caribbean markets to clothe Caribbean slaves. However, enslaved Caribbean women often reworked this fabric as a means to memorialize personal and collective histories, signify kinship, advertise status and skill, and provide material links within slave communities and to distant or unknown homelands. Looking to slave narratives that record the exchange of people for cloth, journals written by men and women such as Lady Maria Nugent, Thomas Thistlewood, and Mrs. Carmichael that record enslaved women’s work with cloth, and visual representations produced by Agostino Brunias, this essay explores how enslaved women’s textiles serve to circulate and convey messages, as well as to incorporate their makers and users into a social world.
Citation:
Skeehan, Danielle C. Spring 2015. "Caribbean Women, Creole Fashioning, and the Fabric of Black Atlantic Writing." The Eighteenth Century 56(1): 105-123.
Publisher:
University of Pennslyvania Press
DATE ISSUED:
2015
Department:
English
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1353/ecy.2015.0000
Additional Links:
https://muse.jhu.edu/content/crossref/journals/the_eighteenth_century/v056/56.1.skeehan.html
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/594493

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dc.contributor.authorSkeehan, Danielle C.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-21T13:46:16Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-21T13:46:16Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationSkeehan, Danielle C. Spring 2015. "Caribbean Women, Creole Fashioning, and the Fabric of Black Atlantic Writing." The Eighteenth Century 56(1): 105-123.en
dc.identifier.issn1935-0201en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/594493en
dc.description.abstractThis essay examines how the circulation of British-produced cotton “Guinea” or “check” cloth between England, West Africa, and the Caribbean shaped the contours of the black Atlantic diaspora in the mid- to late eighteenth century. This cloth was exchanged for African captives in West African slaving ports, as well as exported to Caribbean markets to clothe Caribbean slaves. However, enslaved Caribbean women often reworked this fabric as a means to memorialize personal and collective histories, signify kinship, advertise status and skill, and provide material links within slave communities and to distant or unknown homelands. Looking to slave narratives that record the exchange of people for cloth, journals written by men and women such as Lady Maria Nugent, Thomas Thistlewood, and Mrs. Carmichael that record enslaved women’s work with cloth, and visual representations produced by Agostino Brunias, this essay explores how enslaved women’s textiles serve to circulate and convey messages, as well as to incorporate their makers and users into a social world.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of Pennslyvania Pressen
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/ecy.2015.0000en
dc.relation.urlhttps://muse.jhu.edu/content/crossref/journals/the_eighteenth_century/v056/56.1.skeehan.htmlen
dc.subject.departmentEnglishen_US
dc.titleCaribbean Women, Creole Fashioning, and the Fabric of Black Atlantic Writingen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Eighteenth Centuryen
dc.subject.keywordEighteenth centuryen_US
dc.subject.keywordClothingen_US
dc.subject.keywordBlacks--Atlantic Ocean Regionen_US
dc.subject.keywordSlave Tradeen_US
dc.subject.keywordWomenen_US
dc.subject.keywordSlave narrativeen_US
dc.subject.keywordCreolizationen_US
dc.subject.keywordCaribbeanen_US
dc.subject.keywordNugent, Lady Mariaen_US
dc.subject.keywordThistlewood, Thomasen_US
dc.subject.keywordCarmichael, Mrs. (A. C.)en_US
dc.identifier.volume56en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.startpage105en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Eighteenth Centuryen
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