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Published: 16 November 2017

248 Pages


ISBN: 9780190663599

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Empire of Ruin

Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture

John Levi Barnard

  • Advances a new theory of "black classicism"
  • Considers the function of classicism within American culture at large and reads black classicism as part of a larger critique of that culture
  • Argues that classicism functions as a "language of power" and is itself central to the cultural hegemony that underlies and authorizes the regime of oppression and enslavement

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