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  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (Tx) (Dec 16 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822335964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822335962
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
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"Specters of the Atlantic is quite possibly the most provocative scholarly work I have read in a decade. I really cannot praise this book enough."-Mary Poovey, author of A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society "A fantastically stimulating read, Specters of the Atlantic will be an extremely significant book. Its core strength is that it deals in such detail and in such an imaginative way with the primary texts associated with the case of the Zong. Nobody has read those texts in such a careful and stimulating way before, and nobody has used the case to construct such an ambitious historical schema."-Peter Hulme, author of Remnants of Conquest: The Island Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998 "This work is a compelling study of the roles of slavery and abolition in the origins of finance capital in the British Atlantic empire. The work is an interdisciplinary tour de force, with superb scholarship on slavery, modernity, the Enlightenment, postmodernism and contemporary literary theory. It is one of the finest comparative studies of the philosophy of history and liberation struggles that I have read." -- Charles C. Verharen, Interventions

About the Author

Ian Baucom is Associate Professor of English at Duke University. He is the author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire, and the Locations of Identity and a coeditor of Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain, also published by Duke University Press.

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