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Title Being property once myself : blackness and the end of man / Joshua Bennett.
Author Bennett, Joshua (Poet), author.
Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020.
Copyright date ©2020
Description 1 online resource (213 pages)
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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 Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Introduction: Horse -- 1. Rat -- 2. Cock -- 3. Mule -- 4. Dog -- 5. Shark -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 13, 2020).
Subject Blacks in literature.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Literature and race -- United States.
Animals in literature.
Anthropomorphism in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American.
American literature -- African American authors. (OCoLC)fst00807114
Animals in literature. (OCoLC)fst00809580
Anthropomorphism in literature. (OCoLC)fst00810265
Blacks in literature. (OCoLC)fst00834025
Literature and race. (OCoLC)fst02002518
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Bennett, Joshua (Poet). Being property once myself Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020. 9780674980303 (DLC) 2019040015
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