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Race Matters, Animal Matters : Fugitive Humanism in African America, 1838-1934.

Author: Lindgren Johnson
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Race Matters, Animal Matters challenges one of the grand narratives of African American studies: that African Americans rejected racist associations of blackness and animality through a disassociation from animality. Analyzing canonical texts written by Frederick Douglass, Charles Chesnutt, Ida B. Wells, and James Weldon Johnson alongside slaughterhouse lithographs, hunting photography, and sheep 6 usbandry"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lindgren Johnson
ISBN: 9781315666884 131566688X 1317356454 9781317356455
OCLC Number: 1008858040
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Contents: ""Half Title""; ""Series Information""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: Fugitive Humanism in African America""; ""Notes""; ""1 Scenes of Slave Breaking and Making in Moses Roperâ#x80;#x99;s and Frederick Douglassâ#x80;#x99; Slave Narratives""; ""Notes""; ""2 â#x80;#x9C;To Admit All Cattle without Distinctionâ#x80;#x9D;: Reconstructing Slaughter in the Slaughterhouse Cases and the New Orleans Crescent City Slaughterhouse""; ""Notes"" ""3 Strange Fruits: Conjure, Slaughter, and The Politics of Disembodiment in Charles Chesnuttâ#x80;#x99;s The Conjure Woman and Related Tales""""Notes""; ""4 Wolves in Sheepâ#x80;#x99;s Clothing: Hunting and Domestication in Spectacle Lynchings""; ""Notes""; ""5 Interspecies Welfare and Justice: Animal Welfare and the Anti-Lynching Movement""; ""Notes""; ""Epilogue: Sanctuary and Asylum""; ""Notes""; ""Works Cited""
Series Title: Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture

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"Race Matters, Animal Matters challenges one of the grand narratives of African American studies: that African Americans rejected racist associations of blackness and animality through a disassociation from animality. Analyzing canonical texts written by Frederick Douglass, Charles Chesnutt, Ida B. Wells, and James Weldon Johnson alongside slaughterhouse lithographs, hunting photography, and sheep 6 usbandry" manuals, Lindgren Johnson argues instead for a critical African American tradition that at pivotal moments reconsiders and recuperates discourses of animality weaponized against both African Americans and animals. Johnson articulates a theory of 6 ugitive humanism" in which these texts fl ee both white and human exceptionalism, even as they move within and seek out a (revised) humanist space. The focus, for example, is not on how African Americans shake off animal associations in demanding recognition of their humanity, but on how they hold fast to animality and animals in making such a move, revising 6 he human" itself as they go and undermining the binaries that helped to produce racial and animal injustices. Fugitive humanism reveals how an interspecies ethics develops in these African American responses to violent dehumanization. Illuminating those moments in which the African American canon exceeds human exceptionalism, Race Matters, Animal Matters ultimately shows how these black engagements with animals and animality are not subsequent to efforts for racial justice -- a mere extension of the abolitionist or antilynching movements-- but, to the contrary, are integral to those efforts. This black- authored temporality challenges widely accepted humanist approaches to the relationship between racial and animal justice as it anticipates and even critiques the valuable insights that animal studies and posthumanism have to offer in our current moment."--Provided by publisher.

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