Vocabulary: Cultural Issues
Term ID Term Parentsort ascending Description
4778 Humiliation 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

329 Indian slave-owners Slavery
278 Interracial violence Slavery
273 Labor 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
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
310 Marriage 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

308 Middle passage 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

279 Miscegenation Slavery
300 Music Slavery
311 Naming slaves 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

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

294 Persistence over time Slavery
276 Purchase Slavery
304 Quarters 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

4852 Re-arrangements during War 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
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

298 Revolt Slavery
4814 Segregation of space 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

271 Sex Slavery
306 Slave trading Slavery
289 Slaves vs masters Slavery
297 Slaves vs poor whites Slavery
275 Social value Slavery
327 Southern curse 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

325 Transhistorical Slavery
277 Violence 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

5349 Adult-adolescent Sexuality
1284 Appearance of Sexuality
543 Attractiveness Sexuality
3040 Birth control Sexuality
2174 Conception/Conceiving a child Sexuality
1565 Desire Sexuality
3648 Disgust with sex Sexuality
3475 Experience Sexuality
850 Extra-marital Sexuality
3753 Fantasy Sexuality
5552 Fear of sex Sexuality
1360 Female Sexuality
5604 Fetishism Sexuality
3129 First sexual encounter or experience Sexuality

There did not seem to be a keyword for one's first time having sex, so I added this. JBP

1337 Frustration Sexuality
2442 Harassment Sexuality
5279 Having sex Sexuality
582 Illegitimacy Sexuality
3082 Impotence Sexuality
3290 Incest Sexuality
1580 Interracial Sexuality
2155 Learning about Sexuality

This admittedly clumsy term is for when a narrative deals with a character being told or otherwise learning about sexual matters. (The specific impetus for its creation is in "Miss Zilphia Gant" when her mother starts strip searching her at age 13 and begins telling her "what her father had done and what she had done.") JBP

5350 Male vitality Sexuality
4896 Manipulative Sexuality
5005 Nudity Sexuality
3975 Orgasm Sexuality
4490 Perverse Sexuality
4493 Pornography Sexuality
4180 Predatory Sexuality
4706 Pregnancy Sexuality
564 Pregnant out of wedlock Sexuality
880 Premarital Sexuality
3349 Preventing or avoiding sex Sexuality
2298 Promiscuity Sexuality
1434 Prostitution Sexuality
2154 Puberty Sexuality

For when a text makes reference (perhaps implicitly) to puberty and/or sexual maturing. It was added for the moment in "Miss Zilphia Gant" when her mother makes her get naked and examines her body each month when she turns 13.

5610 Racialized Sexuality
3807 Sensuality Sexuality
3900 Sex and death Sexuality
3650 Sexual passion Sexuality
1422 Unattractiveness Sexuality
1342 Vicarious Sexuality
1884 Virginity Sexuality
3087 Voyeurism Sexuality
5354 Wonderful Sexuality
5563 Daily life Segregation
5538 Economic Segregation
5471 Educational Segregation
5341 Housing Segregation
1579 Marriage Segregation
5473 Religious Segregation
Vocabulary: Relationships
Term ID Term Parentsort ascending Description
858 Adultery Sexual
3811 Desertion Sexual
4523 Extramarital Sexual
4179 Inappropriate Sexual
2844 Prostitute-Client Sexual
545 Courtship Romantic
908 Death Romantic
4201 Engagement Romantic
1573 Extra-marital Romantic
836 Fiance Romantic