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Black Prometheus – Race and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Black Prometheus: Race and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery

Jared Hickman


This book addresses the specific conditions under and the pointed implications with which an ancient story about different orders of gods dueling over the fate of humanity became such a prominent fixture of Atlantic modernity. The Prometheus myth, for several reasons—its fortuitous geographical associations with both Africa and the Caucasus; its resonant iconography of bodily suffering; and its longue-duree function as a limit case for a Platonic-cum-Christian political theology of the Absolute, became a crucial site for conceptualizing human liberation in the immanent space of a finite globe ... More

Keywords: race, myth, black Atlantic, slavery, radicalism, Prometheus, modernity

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190272586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190272586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jared Hickman, author
Assistant Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University

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