Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (America and the Long 19th Century) | Black and Blur (consent not to be a single being) | The Lives of Frederick Douglass
Brown's key dramatic protagonists were the "spirit of capitalization"―the unscrupulous double of Max Weber's spirit of capitalism―and the "beautiful slave girl," a light-skinned African American woman on the verge of sale and rape. Brown's unsettling portrayal of these figures unfolded within a riotous patchwork of second-hand texts, upset convention, and provoked the imagination. Could a slippery upstart lay the groundwork for a genuinely interracial society? Could the fetishized image of a not-yet-sold woman hold open the possibility of other destinies? Sanborn's analysis of pastiche and plagiarism adds new depth to the study of nineteenth-century culture and the history of African American literature, suggesting modes of African American writing that extend beyond narratives of necessity and purpose, characterized by the works of Frederick Douglass and others.
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