Book ID: CBB001250815

The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment (2011)

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Curran, Andrew S. (Author)


Johns Hopkins University Press


Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: 328 pp.; bibl.; index
Language: English

This volume examines the Enlightenment-era textualization of the Black African in European thought. Andrew S. Curran rewrites the history of blackness by replicating the practices of eighteenth-century readers. Surveying French and European travelogues, natural histories, works of anatomy, pro- and anti-slavery tracts, philosophical treatises, and literary texts, Curran shows how naturalists and philosophes drew from travel literature to discuss the perceived problem of human blackness within the nascent human sciences, describes how a number of now-forgotten anatomists revolutionized the era's understanding of black Africans, and charts the shift of the slavery debate from the moral, mercantile, and theological realms toward that of the "black body" itself. In tracing this evolution, he shows how blackness changed from a mere descriptor in earlier periods into a thing to be measured, dissected, handled, and often brutalized. Penetrating and comprehensive, The Anatomy of Blackness shows that, far from being a monolithic idea, eighteenth-century Africanist discourse emerged out of a vigorous, varied dialogue that involved missionaries, slavers, colonists, naturalists, anatomists, philosophers, and Africans themselves.

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Review Newberry, George (2013) Review of "The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment". French History (pp. 287-288). unapi

Essay Review Novoa, Adriana (2015) The Intertwined Paths of Science, Slavery, and Race [Review Essay Number 1552123]. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (pp. 348-356). unapi

Review Niekerk, Carl (2012) Review of "The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment". Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (pp. 252-254). unapi

Review Hogarth, Rana Asali (2012) Review of "The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 783-784). unapi

Review Newberry, George (2013) Review of "The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment". French History (p. 287). unapi

Review Hudson, Nicholas (2014) Review of "The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 200-202). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Schnalke, Thomas
Jonsson, Fredrik Albritton
Bates, A. W.
Lepicard, Etienne
Lopez Sanchez, Oliva
Wagner, Darren
Journals
Medical History
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Medizinhistorisches Journal
Early American Studies
Publishers
UNAM, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala
Melbourne University Press
Ashgate
University of Georgia Press
Liverpool University Press
College of William and Mary
Concepts
Human body
Medicine
Human anatomy
Slavery and slaves
Visual representation; visual communication
Science and race
People
Ruysch, Frederick
Places
United States
Great Britain
England
Australia
Scotland
Japan
Times
19th century
18th century
17th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
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