Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History / Edition 1

Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History / Edition 1

by Ian Baucom
     
 

Cultural and literary study of the 1781 massacre on the slaveship Zong for the insurance money and the aftereffects of the event on the development of modernity.

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Cultural and literary study of the 1781 massacre on the slaveship Zong for the insurance money and the aftereffects of the event on the development of modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822335962
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
981,372
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part One: “Now Being”: Slavery, Speculation, and the Measure of our Time

1. Liverpool, a Capital of the Long Twentieth Century 3

2. “Subject $”; or, the “Type” of the Modern 35

3. “Madam Death! Madam Death!”:Credit, Insurance, and the Atlantic Cycle of Capital Accumulation 80

4.”Signum Rememorativum, Demonstrativum, Prognostikon”: Modernity and the Truth Event 113

5.”Please decide”: The Singular and the Speculative 141

Part Two: Specters of the Atlantic: Slavery and the Witness

6. Frontispiece: Testimony, Rights, and the State of Exception 173

7. The View from the Window: Sympathy, Melancholy, and the Problem of “Humanity” 195

8. The Fact of History: On Cosmopolitan Interestedness 213

9. The Imaginary Resentment of the Dead: A Theory of Melancholy Sentiment 242

10. “To Tumble into It, and Gasp for Breath as We Go Down”: The Idea of Suffering and the Case of Liberal Cosmopolitanism 265

11. This/Such, for Instance: The Witness against “History” 297

Part Three: “The Sea is History”

12. “The Sea is History”: On Temporal Accumulation 309

Notes 335

Index 377

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