The Resource The racial hand in the Victorian imagination, Aviva Briefel

The racial hand in the Victorian imagination, Aviva Briefel

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The racial hand in the Victorian imagination
Title
The racial hand in the Victorian imagination
Statement of responsibility
Aviva Briefel
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Language
eng
Summary
"The hands of colonized subjects - South Asian craftsmen, Egyptian mummies, harem women, and Congolese children - were at the crux of Victorian discussions of the body that tried to come to terms with the limits of racial identification. While religious, scientific, and literary discourses privileged hands as sites of physiognomic information, none of these found plausible explanations for what these body parts could convey about ethnicity. As compensation for this absence, which might betray the fact that race was not actually inscribed on the body, fin-de-siecle narratives sought to generate models for how non-white hands might offer crucial means of identifying and theorizing racial identity. They removed hands from a holistic corporeal context and allowed them to circulate independently from the body to which they originally belonged. Severed hands consequently served as 'human tools' that could be put to use in a number of political, aesthetic, and ideological contexts."--
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Briefel, Aviva
Dewey number
823/.8093552
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR878.R34
LC item number
B86 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture
Series volume
102
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Race in literature
  • Hand in literature
  • Imperialism in literature
  • Imperialism in literature
  • English fiction
  • Hand in literature
  • Race in literature
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The racial hand in the Victorian imagination, Aviva Briefel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-213) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The case of the blank hand : race and manual legibility -- Potters and prosthetics : putting Indian hands to work -- The mummy's hand : art and evolution -- A hand for a hand : punishment, responsibility, and imperial desire -- Crimes of the hand : manual violence and the Congo
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 218 pages
Isbn
9781107116580
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015018956
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)910092494
  • (OCoLC)ocn910092494
Label
The racial hand in the Victorian imagination, Aviva Briefel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-213) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The case of the blank hand : race and manual legibility -- Potters and prosthetics : putting Indian hands to work -- The mummy's hand : art and evolution -- A hand for a hand : punishment, responsibility, and imperial desire -- Crimes of the hand : manual violence and the Congo
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 218 pages
Isbn
9781107116580
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015018956
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)910092494
  • (OCoLC)ocn910092494

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