Nervousnous and Negotiation on a Plantation Landscape

Author(s): Megan M. Bailey

Year: 2013


This research focuses on a late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century plantation site, L’Hermitage, in order to investigate how a "nervous landscape" can be read through spatial organization, material culture, and interpersonal interactions.  I refer to Denis Byrne’s use of the phrase "nervous landscape" to explore how a landscape and its occupants can be literally and figuratively nervous when absolute power fails and a heterogeneity and multiplicity of power and identities are introduced. That is, the disruption of homogeneity and hegemony breeds nervousness. Byrne uses this concept to explore racial tension; however, I recognize that anxiety can emerge from uneasiness around other structural factors, such as religion and citizenship. In this paper I will pay particular attention to how the power dynamics around these hierarchies played out within the nervous frame, mitigating or contributing to a nervous landscape.

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Nervousnous and Negotiation on a Plantation Landscape. Megan M. Bailey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428531)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 590