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Author Ellis, Cristin, 1978- author.

Title Antebellum posthuman : race and materiality in the mid-nineteenth century / Cristin Ellis.

Publication Info. New York : Fordham University Press, [2018]


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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (241 pages)
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Contents Introduction. Beyond recognition: the problem of antebellum embodiment -- Douglass's animals: racial science and the problem of human equality -- Thoreau's seeds: evolution and the problem of human agency -- Whitman's cosmic body: bioelectricity and the problem of human meaning -- Posthumanism and the problem of social justice: race and materiality in the twenty-first century -- Coda. After romantic posthumanism.
Summary From the eighteenth-century abolitionist motto "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" to the Civil Rights-era declaration "I AM a Man," antiracism has engaged in a struggle for the recognition of black humanity. It has done so, however, even as the very definition of the human has been called into question by the biological sciences. While this conflict between liberal humanism and biological materialism animates debates in posthumanism and critical race studies today, Antebellum Posthuman argues that it first emerged as a key question in the antebellum era. In a moment in which the authority of science was increasingly invoked to defend slavery and other racist policies, abolitionist arguments underwent a profound shift, producing a new, materialist strain of antislavery. Engaging the works of Douglass, Thoreau, and Whitman, and Dickinson, Cristin Ellis identifies and traces the emergence of an antislavery materialism in mid-nineteenth century American literature, placing race at the center of the history of posthumanist thought. Turning to contemporary debates now unfolding between posthumanist and critical race theorists, Ellis demonstrates how this antebellum posthumanism highlights the difficulty of reconciling materialist ontologies of the human with the project of social justice.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-222) and index.
Note This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
Subject Humanism -- 19th century.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Social justice.
PHILOSOPHY -- Movements -- Humanism.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Social justice. (OCoLC)fst01122603
Humanism. (OCoLC)fst00963520
Antislavery movements. (OCoLC)fst00810800
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books
Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Ellis, Cristin. Antebellum Posthuman : Race and Materiality in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. New York : Fordham University Press, 2018 9780823278442
ISBN 9780823278466 (electronic bk.)
0823278468 (electronic bk.)
9780823278442 (electronic bk.)
0823278441 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. CHVBK 556235169
CHNEW 001035050

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