Vocabulary: Cultural Issues
Term ID Term Parentsort descending Description
1884 Virginity Sexuality
3087 Voyeurism Sexuality
5354 Wonderful Sexuality
302 AANoSecondTerm Slavery
317 Abolition Slavery
305 African origins 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

3178 And progress Slavery
5564 As cause of Civil War Slavery
303 Biblical analogy Slavery
293 Biblical curse Slavery
288 Big house vs quarters Slavery
5609 Buying slaves Slavery
292 Civil War Slavery
287 Commodity Slavery
309 Concubinage Slavery
2446 Courtship Slavery
326 Curse 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

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

274 Domestic labor Slavery
330 Emancipation Slavery
291 Etiquette Slavery
299 Evil Slavery
313 Family Slavery
307 Field slaves vs house slaves Slavery
280 Forced migration Slavery
315 Freedom Slavery
283 Fugitive Slavery
3743 Galley slave Slavery
2512 Growth of Slavery
324 Guilt Slavery
4985 Housing Slavery
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

Vocabulary: Relationships
Term ID Term Parentsort descending Description
597 Adversarial Social
1140 Assailant-victim Social
3895 Club Social
759 Conflict Social
4865 Coworker Social
3304 Crowds Social
1831 Fame Social
3764 Fellow alumni of a college or university Social
4961 Gang Social
3302 Homoerotic Social
1418 Homosocial Social
547 Homosocial rivalry 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

1263 Mentorship Social
752 Neighbor Social
828 Paternalism Social
664 Snobbery Social
4969 Social organizations Social
Vocabulary: Themes and Motifs
Term ID Term Parentsort descending Description
1520 Audience response Story-telling
3062 Collaborative Story-telling
571 Communal mythology Story-telling
5226 Deadpan Story-telling
4918 Explaining Story-telling
5613 Gestures Story-telling
4919 Hunting Story-telling
1671 Old days Story-telling
1806 Reminiscence Story-telling
4127 Retelling Story-telling