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October 24, 2016
Monica Youn

The repetition of "The Hanged Man" in Part I of Blackacre illuminates the multifaceted, multi-storied nature of language rooted in the history of chattel slavery: the intertwining meanings ascribed to bodies, property, place, and the concept of rememory à la Toni Morrison’s Beloved. In “The Portrait of a Hanged Man” we travel swiftly along with him, from chamber to tree. Until we let our mouths open and feel ourselves go slack.—Hadiya Shire, editorial intern

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