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Fugitive ScienceEmpiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture$
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Britt Rusert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479885688

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479885688.001.0001

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Comparative Anatomies

Comparative Anatomies

Re-Visions of Racial Science

(p.65) 2 Comparative Anatomies
Fugitive Science

Britt Rusert

NYU Press

This chapter examines how Black and Afro-Native ethnologies published in the 1830s and early 1840s resisted the racist visual cultures of comparative anatomy, including craniology and ethnology. The ethnologies of Robert Benjamin Lewis, Hosea Easton, and James W. C. Pennington challenged the tethering of the black body to visual representations of pathology in both science and popular culture through the production of a counter-archive of visual culture, as well as through ekphrastic re-visions of the Black, Native American, and Afro-Native body.

Keywords:   Ethnology, craniology, comparative anatomy, black visual culture, African American art, Afro-Native, James W.C. Pennington, Hosea Easton, Robert Benjamin Lewis, Edmonia Lewis

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