Racial blackness and the discontinuity of western modernity

Lindon Barrett, Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. McBride, John Carlos Rowe

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages244
ISBN (Electronic)9780252095290
ISBN (Print)9780252038006
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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