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Alexandre studies literary record to understand violence

MIT Associate Professor of Literature Sandy Alexandre studies the literary record to shed light on the history of violence against blacks in the U.S. In her first book, Alexandre explores the multiple meanings of "property," showing through examination of visual and textual narratives how and why the notion of property, in the context of America's history of violence against blacks, needs to extend beyond ownership in land. 

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Sandy Alexandre

The Properties of Violence:
Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching

University Press of Mississippi, 2012


Photograph by Jon Sachs