Histories: Roots

  • Sonja Boon
  • Lesley Butler
  • Daze Jefferies


This chapter tangles with origins, histories, and genealogies, considering roots not only as a powerful metaphor, but also, in the case of prematurely grey hair, as genetic inheritance. Drawing on the work of Toni Morrison, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and Quinn Eades, among others, the essay engages with roots at both material and mythical levels, looking in particular at how roots might be unsettled and uprooted, the site of new beginnings as well as ancestral longings.


Roots Rhizome Origins Body Genetic inheritance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja Boon
    • 1
  • Lesley Butler
    • 1
  • Daze Jefferies
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’sCanada

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