Tante Pelagie's House: On Desperately Seeking Black Femme Aesthetics of Kinship, Violence, and Affection

Jessica Marie Johnson

The Johns Hopkins University

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Center Africana Studies and Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in Slavery & Abolition, The Black Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, and Debates in the Digital Humanities. She is the author of Practicing Freedom: Black Women, Intimacy, and Kinship in New Orleans Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)


In 1814, Perine “Pelagie” Dauphine-Demasillier, a free woman of African descent, registered her last will and testament in New Orleans. As head of her own household, Perine distributed her property as she saw fit,... [ view full abstract ]


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