- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press; Reprint edition (December 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081393799X
- ISBN-13: 978-0813937991
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Barbaric Culture and Black Critique: Black Antislavery Writers, Religion, and the Slaveholding Atlantic Paperback – December 8, 2015
In Stefan M. Wheelock’s strikingly insightful study, the profound roots of modern black intellectual history rise through the fractured instabilities of white discourses of civilization, philosophy, and progress. This is an important study of how black writing works and why we need to place it at the center of historical research.(John Richard Ernest, University of Delaware, author of A Nation within a Nation: Organizing African-American Communities before the Civil War)
In terms of professional scholarship, Wheelock’s work is a breath of fresh air because it refuses to abide by any racial color line. This is not a book of only black writers. It is one where the works of Cugoano, Equiano, Walker, and Stewart are set in dynamic tension and conversation with white writers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Granville Sharp, Jonathan Edwards, and Thomas Jefferson.(Christian Century)
Barbaric Culture and Black Critique is an important intervention in the fields of Atlantic studies and antislavery history, which Wheelock argues have largely neglected the contributions of early black writers; the book does reveal the unique contributions to and disruption of white antislavery discourse in an engaging anddirect style. Beyond this, Wheelock’s work offers another perspective on the history of African American religious rhetoric as it was deployed in discretely political spaces.(American Literature)
About the Author
Stefan M. Wheelock is Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University.