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Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

Britt Rusert


This book offers a new history of race and science in the nineteenth century through the lens of early African American literature, visual culture, and performance. Across five chapters, the book traces the experiments of black writers, artists, performers, and largely self-taught scientists who crafted sophisticated critiques of antebellum racial science and its effects on society. Far from rejecting science, these figures linked natural science to both on-the-ground activism and more speculative forms of worldmaking. Routinely excluded from institutions of scientific learning and training, t ... More

Keywords: African American literature, American literature, antebellum, racial science, Black Studies, speculation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479885688
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479885688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Britt Rusert, author
George Mason University

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