Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American / Edition 1

Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American / Edition 1

by Robert F. Reid-Pharr
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195104021

ISBN-13: 9780195104028

Pub. Date: 07/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195104028
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Series:
Race and American Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Introduction3
Chapter 1Engendering Race15
Chapter 2American Panorama37
Chapter 3Clean House, Peculiar People65
Chapter 4Black, White, and Yeller89
Chapter 5Conjugal Union111
Epilogue129
Notes133
Select Bibliography153
Index165

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