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The anatomy of blackness : science & slavery in an age of Enlightenment

Author: Andrew S Curran
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
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"This volume examines the Enlightenment-era textualization of the Black African in European thought. Andrew S. Curran rewrites the history of blackness by replicating the practices of eighteenth-century readers. Surveying French and European travelogues, natural histories, works of anatomy, pro- and anti-slavery tracts, philosophical treatises, and literary texts, Curran shows how naturalists and philosophes drew  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew S Curran
ISBN: 9781421401508 1421401509
OCLC Number: 690904694
Description: xiv, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Tissue samples in the land of conjecture --
Paper trails: writing the African, 1450-1750 --
Sameness and science, 1730-1750 --
The problem of difference: philosophes and the processing of African "ethnography," 1750-1755 --
The natural history of slavery, 1770-1802 --
Coda: black Africans and the enlightenment legacy.
Responsibility: Andrew S. Curran.

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