Vocabulary: Cultural Issues
Term ID Term Parentsort descending Description
5552 Fear of sex Sexuality
5604 Fetishism Sexuality
5610 Racialized Sexuality
271 Sex Slavery
272 Racialism Slavery

Used to note passages where enslaved blacks are described as members of an inferior species. The Indians in "Red Leaves," for example, say that their slaves "are like horses and dogs." SR

273 Labor Slavery
274 Domestic labor Slavery
275 Social value Slavery
276 Purchase Slavery
277 Violence Slavery
278 Interracial violence Slavery
279 Miscegenation Slavery
280 Forced migration Slavery
281 Metaphorical Slavery

Used to flag the passages in which a narrator or a non-enslaved character uses "slavery" metaphorically, to describe something else. Lucas Burch, for instance, complains that his job at the planing mill has him "slaving all day." SR

282 Ownership Slavery

For moments in the texts where owning slaves is evoked as a marker of status or wealth, as when Jason Compson connects his family pride to the fact that his ancestors owned slaves. SR

283 Fugitive Slavery
284 Self-emancipation Slavery

For textual moments in which an enslaved person or group acts upon the desire to be free, as when Loosh or unnamed groups of slaves take advantage of the proximity of the Union Army to leave the Sartoris, Sutpen and other plantations where they were enslaved. Most examples of self-emancipation occur during the Civil War, but it also applies the way Thucydus earns the money to buy himself from the McCaslins. SR

285 Loyalty Slavery

To note passages in which enslaved people are described - or describe themselves - as loyal to the family that owns them, as when Simon describes how happy all the Sartoris slaves were at the birth of their master's son. SR

286 Manumission Slavery
287 Commodity Slavery
288 Big house vs quarters Slavery
289 Slaves vs masters Slavery
290 Traditions Slavery

For instances of the patterns that became a recurring aspect of the social interactions between slaves and masters, as in the description of the young slaves approaching Sutpen's big house on Christmas morning in expectation of a gift. SR

291 Etiquette Slavery
292 Civil War Slavery
293 Biblical curse Slavery
294 Persistence over time Slavery
296 White anxiety Slavery

For moments in the text which describe anxiety felt by white characters about the presence or possible actions of slaves, as when Loosh's sudden appearance and behavior make Bayard uncomfortable. SR

297 Slaves vs poor whites Slavery
298 Revolt Slavery
299 Evil Slavery
300 Music Slavery
301 Nostalgia Slavery

When black characters, especially ones who had been enslaved, seem nostalgic for the institution of slavery. Simon in Flags in the Dust is probably the most obvious instance of this. SR

302 AANoSecondTerm Slavery
303 Biblical analogy Slavery
304 Quarters Slavery
305 African origins Slavery
306 Slave trading Slavery
307 Field slaves vs house slaves Slavery
308 Middle passage Slavery
309 Concubinage Slavery
310 Marriage Slavery
311 Naming slaves Slavery
312 Resistance Slavery

To index passages in which slaves are described taking a stand of some kind, usually verbal, against their enslavement. The clearest instances of this involve Loosh and Granny on the Sartoris plantation. (More direct physical forms of resistance are indexed under "Fugitive" and "Revolt.") SR

313 Family Slavery
314 Discipline Slavery

For passages that depict or refer to any elements of the system by which slaves were policed or punished, like the "Patrollers" who patrolled roads after dark to prevent slaves from leaving plantations. SR

315 Freedom Slavery
316 Minstrelsy Slavery

Used to mark the passages where the representation of a slave or group of slaves draws on the representational conventions of blackface minstrelsy, where slaves were depicted as comically inferior to whites. The scene in "Retreat" where Ringo "hollers and moans and hollers again" for "Marse John" and "Bayard and Colonel and Marse John and Granny" is an instance of this. SR

317 Abolition Slavery
318 Re-enslavement Slavery

The clearest example of this occurs in "Raid," when Granny tells the slaves she has recovered from the Union Army to go "home," to their former masters, and they seem to obey her. SR

319 Religion Slavery
320 Demographics Slavery

For passages that include specific numbers about the people or places involved, as when Bayard says that before the War on Sundays, there would be 10 slaves at the service for every 1 white person. SR

324 Guilt Slavery
325 Transhistorical Slavery
326 Curse Slavery
327 Southern curse Slavery
328 Amelioration Slavery

To mark passages where white slave owners make some attempt to improve the condition of the slaves they own; the clearest example is way Buck and Buddy McCaslin treat their slaves. SR

329 Indian slave-owners Slavery
330 Emancipation Slavery
2202 Legacy after emancipation Slavery

Refers to when a text alludes to the legacy of slavery years (or decades) after the end of slavery. It was created to tag the references to "sold my Benjamin" in "Go Down, Moses" - a story whose very title alludes to slavery. JBP

2419 Local origins Slavery
2446 Courtship Slavery
2504 Imported Slavery

To indicate when slaves began their lives (in either freedom or slavery) outside the U.S. The most obvious example are the slaves Sutpen brings with him from the Caribbean. SR

2512 Growth of Slavery
3178 And progress Slavery
3743 Galley slave Slavery
4778 Humiliation Slavery
4814 Segregation of space Slavery
4852 Re-arrangements during War Slavery
4985 Housing Slavery
5564 As cause of Civil War Slavery
5609 Buying slaves Slavery
Vocabulary: Relationships
Term ID Term Parentsort descending Description
547 Homosocial rivalry Social
597 Adversarial Social
664 Snobbery Social
752 Neighbor Social
759 Conflict Social
828 Paternalism Social
1140 Assailant-victim Social
1263 Mentorship Social
1418 Homosocial Social
1420 Isolation Social

This term describes moments when a character is isolated or ostracized from the wider social community. BR
Also used this term when a person intentionally isolates him/herself from the larger community. JJ

1831 Fame Social
3302 Homoerotic Social
3304 Crowds Social
3764 Fellow alumni of a college or university Social
3895 Club Social
4865 Coworker Social
4961 Gang Social
4969 Social organizations Social
Vocabulary: Themes and Motifs
Term ID Term Parentsort descending Description
571 Communal mythology Story-telling
1131 Story-telling passim Story-telling
1520 Audience response Story-telling
1671 Old days Story-telling
1806 Reminiscence Story-telling
3062 Collaborative Story-telling
4127 Retelling Story-telling
4918 Explaining Story-telling
4919 Hunting Story-telling
5226 Deadpan Story-telling