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The moment of racial sight : a history, Irene Tucker

Label
The moment of racial sight : a history
Title
The moment of racial sight
Title remainder
a history
Statement of responsibility
Irene Tucker
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Moment of Racial Sight overturns the most familiar form of racial analysis in contemporary culture: the idea that race is constructed, that it operates by attaching visible marks of difference to arbitrary meanings and associations. Searching for the history of the constructed racial sign, Irene Tucker argues that if people instantly perceive racial differences despite knowing better, then the underlying function of race is to produce this immediate knowledge. Racial perception, then, is not just a mark of acculturation, but a part of how people know one another. Tucker begins her investigation in the Enlightenment, at the moment when skin first came to be used as the primary mark of racial difference. Through Kant and his writing on the relation of philosophy and medicine, she describes how racialized skin was created as a mechanism to enable us to perceive the likeness of individuals in a moment. From there, Tucker tells the story of instantaneous racial seeing across centuries--from the fictive bodies described but not seen in Wilkie Collins's realism to the medium of common public opinion in John Stuart Mill, from the invention of the notion of a constructed racial sign in Darwin's late work to the institutionalizing of racial sight on display in the HBO series The Wire. Rich with perceptive readings of unexpected texts, this ambitious book is an important intervention in the study of race."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
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Tucker, Irene
Index
index present
LC call number
GN269
LC item number
.T83 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Kant, Immanuel
  • Mill, John Stuart
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Collins, Wilkie
  • Race awareness
  • Race in literature
Label
The moment of racial sight : a history, Irene Tucker
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-270) and index
Contents
1: Kant's Dermatology; or, The Racialization of Skin. Kant's ;Time Beyond Humors: Distinguishing Race and Medicine ; Kant: Skin Deep ; Institutions of the Body ; Autopsy's Gerontological Critique ; Beyond the Humors: Kant's Race ; The Instant of the Skin. -- 2: Paranoid Imagining: Wilkie Collins, the Rugeley Poisoner, and the Invisibility of Novelistic Ekphrasis. Qualifications of Character ; Aristotle's Fictive Community ; Seeing Is Imagining ; The Trial of the Poisoning Physician ; The Disappearance of the Author. -- 3: Picturing Utilitarianism: John Stuart Mill and the Invention of a Photographic Public. Reproducing the Photographic Moment ; Agreements without End: On Liberty and "What Is Poetry?" ; Overhearing The Subjection of Women. -- 4: Observing Selection: Charles Darwin and the Emergence of the Racial Sign. Malthus's Disappearing Perspective ; Selecting a Point of View: Darwin's Origins ; The Point of View from Nowhere: Darwin and His Predecessors ; Figuring Legibility: Darwin's Expression, Descent, and the Solution of Race. -- 5: Structures of an Instant: The Wire and the Institution of Race. Racing Space and the Logic of "Real Estate" ; Examination 1: Opacity for Sale; Stringer Bell's Real Estate ; Examination 2: The Semiotics of the Paper Bag ; Examination 3: Vacant Real Estate ; Examination 4: Jimmy McNulty's Suspended Bodies
Control code
783150320
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 274 p.
Isbn
9780226922935
Isbn Type
(cloth : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2012024767
Other control number
40021844489
System control number
(OCoLC)783150320
Label
The moment of racial sight : a history, Irene Tucker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-270) and index
Contents
1: Kant's Dermatology; or, The Racialization of Skin. Kant's ;Time Beyond Humors: Distinguishing Race and Medicine ; Kant: Skin Deep ; Institutions of the Body ; Autopsy's Gerontological Critique ; Beyond the Humors: Kant's Race ; The Instant of the Skin. -- 2: Paranoid Imagining: Wilkie Collins, the Rugeley Poisoner, and the Invisibility of Novelistic Ekphrasis. Qualifications of Character ; Aristotle's Fictive Community ; Seeing Is Imagining ; The Trial of the Poisoning Physician ; The Disappearance of the Author. -- 3: Picturing Utilitarianism: John Stuart Mill and the Invention of a Photographic Public. Reproducing the Photographic Moment ; Agreements without End: On Liberty and "What Is Poetry?" ; Overhearing The Subjection of Women. -- 4: Observing Selection: Charles Darwin and the Emergence of the Racial Sign. Malthus's Disappearing Perspective ; Selecting a Point of View: Darwin's Origins ; The Point of View from Nowhere: Darwin and His Predecessors ; Figuring Legibility: Darwin's Expression, Descent, and the Solution of Race. -- 5: Structures of an Instant: The Wire and the Institution of Race. Racing Space and the Logic of "Real Estate" ; Examination 1: Opacity for Sale; Stringer Bell's Real Estate ; Examination 2: The Semiotics of the Paper Bag ; Examination 3: Vacant Real Estate ; Examination 4: Jimmy McNulty's Suspended Bodies
Control code
783150320
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 274 p.
Isbn
9780226922935
Isbn Type
(cloth : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2012024767
Other control number
40021844489
System control number
(OCoLC)783150320

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