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Black Well-Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature

Andrea Stone


Black Well-Being analyzes conflicting, oftentimes messy, articulations of black selfhood. From the classical healthy mind-in-body ideal to the disabled physique, the portrayals of black physicality in the literature analyzed here offer a striking range of strategic approaches to creating a nineteenth-century politics of well-being opposed to as well as independent of medically and legally informed systems of subjugation. These authors’ wide-ranging analyses of black well-being expose the instability of national and colonial, social and geopolitical constructs and the mythologies that support t ... More

Keywords: racism, slavery, literature, health, law, selfhood, United States, Canada, Black, American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062570
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Stone, author
Smith College