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Black metaphors : how modern racism emerged from medieval race-thinking

Author: Cord J Whitaker
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Middle Ages series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st editionView all editions and formats
"This book's aim is to investigate the relationship between the idea of blackness and the notion of sinfulness in the literature and culture of the English Middle Ages, with influences from continental European texts as well. Though the main target of Black Metaphors is the Middle Ages, the book also asserts the profound implications of the historical nexus of blackness and sinfulness for modern life and culture"--

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Whitaker, Cord J.
Black metaphors.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2019027069
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Cord J Whitaker
ISBN: 9780812296426 0812296427
OCLC Number: 1128099286
Description: 1 online resource (247 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction. Moving backward: blackness in modernity, early modernity, and the Middle Ages --
Chapter 1. Black metaphors in the King of Tars --
Chapter 2. Shimmering contraries: medieval grammar and the distortion of difference --
Chapter 3. Chaucer's Miller's Tale and the spiritual side of race --
Chapter 4. Black metaphors inside and out in their narrative and spiritual contexts --
Chapter 5. Separate and together: strife, contrariety, and the lords and bondsmen of Julian of Norwich, G.W.F. Hegel, and W.E.B. Du Bois --
Chapter 6. Enthymematic interpretation: Mandeville and racial rhetorical mirage --
Conclusion. Race, rhetorical closure, and the misuses of the Middle Ages --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index --
Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Responsibility: Cord J. Whitaker.


In Black Metaphors, Cord J. Whitaker argues that rhetoric and theology establish blackness and whiteness as metaphors for sin and purity in medieval English and European writing. Whitaker shows how  Read more...


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