Sarah Jessica Johnson
I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation, "Outlyers: Maroons and Marronage in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Literature," reads eighteenth and nineteenth-century fictional maroon narratives from the United States and Caribbean. I argue for the ways in which fiction can function as an archive of the powerful resistance practice of marronage. Organized around four maroon objects--portraits, fetishes, epaulettes and hatchets--"Outlyers" wrestles with the tangible and intangible in maroon narratives to chronicle alternative forms of flight and freedom from Atlantic slavery.