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Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity
by Lindon Barrett
edited by Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. McBride and John Carlos Rowe
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Paper: 978-0-252-07951-1 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03800-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09529-0
Library of Congress Classification HT1523.B37 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.896

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The unfinished manuscript of literary and cultural theorist Lindon Barrett, this study offers a genealogy of how the development of racial blackness within the mercantile capitalist system of Euro-American colonial imperialism was constitutive of Western modernity. Masterfully connecting historical systems of racial slavery to post-Enlightenment modernity, this pathbreaking publication shows how Western modernity depended on a particular conception of racism contested by African American writers and intellectuals from the eighteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance.


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