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Thrall

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Trethewey, Natasha D. (Book - 2012 )
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By unflinchingly charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall explores the historical, cultural, and social forces-across time and space-that determine the roles consigned to a mixed-race daughter and her white father. In a vivid series of poems about interracial marriage depicted in the Casta Paintings of Colonial Mexico, Trethewey investigates the philosophical assumptions that underpin Enlightenment notions of taxonomy and classification, exposing the way they encode ideas of race within our collective imagination. While tropes about captivity, bondage, inheritance, and enthrallment permeate the collection, Trethewey, by reflecting on a series of small estrangements from her poet father, comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.
Authors: Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966-
Title: Thrall
poems
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Characteristics: 84 p. ;,24 cm
Contents: Miracle of the black leg
On captivity
Taxonomy
De Español y de India Produce Mestiso
De Español y Negra Produce Mulato
De Español y Mestiza Produce Castiza
The Book of Castas
Kitchen Maid with Supper at Emmaus; or, The Mulata
Knowledge
The Americans
Dr. Samuel Adolphus Cartwright on Dissecting the White Negro, 1851
Blood
Help, 1968
Mano Prieta
De Español y Negra; Mulata
Mythology
Nostos
Questions Posed by the Dream
Siren
Geography
Torna Atrás
Bird in the House
Artifact
Fouled
Rotation
Thrall
Calling
Enlightenment
How the Past Comes Back
On Happiness
Vespertina Cognitio
Illumination
Summary: By unflinchingly charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall explores the historical, cultural, and social forces-across time and space-that determine the roles consigned to a mixed-race daughter and her white father. In a vivid series of poems about interracial marriage depicted in the Casta Paintings of Colonial Mexico, Trethewey investigates the philosophical assumptions that underpin Enlightenment notions of taxonomy and classification, exposing the way they encode ideas of race within our collective imagination. While tropes about captivity, bondage, inheritance, and enthrallment permeate the collection, Trethewey, by reflecting on a series of small estrangements from her poet father, comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.
ISBN: 0547571607
9780547571607
Statement of Responsibility: Natasha Trethewey
Subject Headings: American poetry 21st century
Topical Term: American poetry
LCCN: 2012017321
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Aug 17, 2013
  • marydave rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Poetry rarely grabs me - but each of these related-but-individual poems spoke to me deeply.

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