21. May 2024

New Book of DSS Series Published by De Gruyter New Book of DSS Series Published by De Gruyter

Volume 11 is now available

Narratives of Dependency: Textual Representations of Slavery, Captivity, and Other Forms of Strong Asymmetrical Dependencies

Edited by Prof. Dr. Elke Brüggen and Prof. Dr. Marion Gymnich. This book is part of the book series Dependency & Slavery Studies


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Given that strong asymmetrical dependencies have shaped human societies throughout history, this kind of social relation has also left its traces in many types of texts. Using written and oral narratives in attempts to reconstruct the history of asymmetrical dependency comes along with various methodological challenges, as the 15 articles in this interdisciplinary volume illustrate. They focus on a wide range of different (factual and fictional) text types, including inscriptions from Egyptian tombs, biblical stories, novels from antiquity, the Middle High German Rolandslied, Ottoman court records, captivity narratives, travelogues, the American gift book The Liberty Bell, and oral narratives by Caribbean Hindu women. Most of the texts discussed in this volume have so far received comparatively little attention in slavery and dependency studies. The volume thus also seeks to broaden the archive of texts that are deemed relevant in research on the histories of asymmetrical dependencies, bringing together perspectives from disciplines such as Egyptology, theology, literary studies, history, and anthropology.


The edited volume features the following contributions by BCDSS members:

  • Marion Gymnich - "Introduction – Narratives of Dependency: Examining the History of Strong Asymmetrical Dependencies through the Lens of Narrative Texts" 
  • Honey Hammer - "'I Am the Champion Who Has No Peer!': The Language of Dependency in the Tomb 'Biographies' of Two Ancient Egyptian Nomarchs"
  • Markus Saur - "Narrating Dependency: The Relationship between David and Solomon of Jerusalem and Hiram of Tyre in Hebrew Bible Traditions"
  • Hermut Löhr - "Transforming Exodus – Second Temple Liberation Narratives from the Perspective of Historical Narratology"
  • Clara Hedtrich - "The Dark Side of Proximity: Advice and Betrayal in the Middle High German Rolandslied"
  • Anna Kollatz - "Dependency Narrated in a Biographic Manual from the Mamluk Sultanate: The al-Ḍawʾ al-lāmiʿ fī aʿyān al-qarn al-tāsiʿ by al-Sakhāwī (1427–1497)"
  • Veruschka Wagner - "Slave Voices in Ottoman Court Records – A Narrative Analysis of the Istanbul Registers from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries"
  • Gül Şen - "Narrativity and Dependency: The Captivity of an Ottoman Official in Saint Petersburg (1771–1775)"
  • Elena Smolarz - "Context Matters – The Importance of the Narrative Situation and Actors who Transmit Information for Representations of Experienced Captivity: The Case of the Enslaved Russian Captive Iakov Zinov’ev (1838)"
  • Pia Wiegmink - "Narrative, Affective Communities, and Abolitionist Cosmopolitanism in the American Gift Book The Liberty Bell (1839–1858)"
  • Michael Zeuske - "Narrative Self-Representations of Enslaved People under Slavery Regimes – Myth or Reality?"
  • Zeynep Yeşim Gökçe - "Reading Asymmetrical Dependencies in the Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Women Travelers in Ottoman Lands"
  • Sinah T. Kloß - "Tattooed Dependencies: Sensory Memory, Structural Violence and Narratives of Suffering among Caribbean Hindu Women"


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