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In Conjugal Union, Robert F. Reid-Pharr argues that during the antebellum period a community of free black northeastern intellectuals sought to establish the stability of a Black American subjectivity by figuring the black body as the necessary antecedent to any intelligible Black American public presence. Reid-Pharr goes on to argue that the fact of the black body's constant and often spectacular display demonstrates an incredible uncertainty as to that body's status. Thus antebellum black intellectuals were always anxious about how a stable relationship between the black community might be maintained. Paying particular attention to Black American novels written before the Civil War, the author shows how the household was utilized by these writers to normalize this relationship of body to community such that a person could enter a household as a white and leave it as a black.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195104028
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 192
  • Series Title: Race and American Culture
  • Weight: 454 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0195104021
  • Publisher Date: 22 Jul 1999
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 21 mm
  • Width: 163 mm


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