Sarah Jessica Johnson
I am an incoming Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Chicago [2018-2020] and will begin in the Fall of 2020 as an Assistant Professor. My current project 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--my work wrestles with the tangible and intangible in maroon narratives to chronicle alternative forms of flight and freedom from Atlantic slavery.