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Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

Britt Rusert
Format
Book
Published
New York : New York University Press, [2017]
Language
English
Series
America and the Long 19th Century
ISBN
9781479885688, 1479885681, 9781479847662, 1479847666
Summary
"Fugitive Science excavates this story, uncovering the dynamic scientific engagements and experiments of African American writers, performers, and other cultural producers who mobilized natural science and produced alternative knowledges in the quest for and name of freedom. Literary and cultural critics have a particularly important role to play in uncovering the history of fugitive science since these engagements and experiments often happened, not in the laboratory or the university, but in print, on stage, in the garden, church, parlor, and in other cultural spaces and productions. Routinely excluded from the official spaces of scientific learning and training, black cultural actors transformed the spaces of the everyday into laboratories of knowledge and experimentation"--Introduction.
Contents
  • The Banneker Age : Black Afterlives of Early National Science
  • Comparative Anatomies : Re-visions of Racial Science
  • Experiments in Freedom : Fugitive Science in Transatlantic Performance
  • Delany's Comet : Blake, or, The Huts of America and the Science Fictions of Slavery
  • Sarah's Cabinet : Fugitive Science in and Beyond the Parlor.
Description
xiv, 293 pages : illustrations : portraits ; 23 cm.
Notes
  • "Also available as an ebook"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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