This essay revisits Sylvia Wynter’s 1971 essay “Novel and History, Plot and Plantation” in relation to a quandary: the history of provision grounds not only as a resource but also as an initiation into property relations during and after West Indian slavery. In this light, the plot becomes a space of instruction in how to become a free subject through exchange. The essay draws out the plot’s histories of dispossession, enclosure, and dispute. Ultimately, it offers another term, siphon, as the condition of the overlapping conjunctures of West Indian emancipation and the postcolonial.

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