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Being property once myself : Blackness and the end of man / Joshua Bennett.

Author/Creator:
Bennett, Joshua (Poet), author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020.
Format/Description:
Book
213 pages ; 22 cm
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Subjects:
Blacks in literature.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Literature and race -- United States.
Animals in literature.
Anthropomorphism in literature.
American literature -- African American authors.
Literature and race.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
"Throughout US history, black people have been configured as sociolegal nonpersons, a subgenre of the human. Being Property Once Myself delves into the literary imagination and ethical concerns that have emerged from this experience. Each chapter tracks a specific animal figure-the rat, the cock, the mule, the dog, and the shark-in the works of black authors such as Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesmyn Ward, and Robert Hayden. The plantation, the wilderness, the kitchenette overrun with pests, the simultaneous valuation and sale of animals and enslaved people-all are sites made unforgettable by literature in which we find black and animal life in fraught proximity. Joshua Bennett argues that animal figures are deployed in these texts to assert a theory of black sociality and to combat dominant claims about the limits of personhood. Bennett also turns to the black radical tradition to challenge the pervasiveness of antiblackness in discourses surrounding the environment and animals. Being Property Once Myself is an incisive work of literary criticism and a close reading of undertheorized notions of dehumanization and the Anthropocene"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: Horse
Rat
Cock
Mule
Dog
Shark.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Bennett, Joshua, 1988- Being property once myself
ISBN:
9780674980303
0674980301
9780674245464
9780674245488
9780674245495
OCLC:
1111377238