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dc.contributor.authorKoretsky, Deanna P.
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-04T13:10:53Z
dc.date.available2021-05-04T13:10:53Z
dc.date.issued2021-03-01
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-4384-8289-7 (Hardcover)
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-4384-8288-0 (Paperback)
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/book.83163en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://sunypress.edu/Books/D/Death-Rights
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/1712
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dc.description.abstractDeath Rights presents an antiracist critique of British romanticism by deconstructing one of its organizing tropes—the suicidal creative “genius.” Putting texts by Olaudah Equiano, Mary Shelley, John Keats, and others into critical conversation with African American literature, black studies, and feminist theory, Deanna P. Koretsky argues that romanticism is part and parcel of the legal and philosophical discourses underwriting liberal modernity’s antiblack foundations. Read in this context, the trope of romantic suicide serves a distinct political function, indexing the limits of liberal subjectivity and (re)inscribing the rights and freedoms promised by liberalism as the exclusive province of white men. The first book-length study of suicide in British romanticism, Death Rights also points to the enduring legacy of romantic ideals in the academy and contemporary culture more broadly. Koretsky challenges scholars working in historically Eurocentric fields to rethink their identification with epistemes rooted in antiblackness. And, through discussions of recent cultural touchstones such as Kurt Cobain’s resurgence in hip-hop and Victor LaValle’s comic book sequel to Frankenstein, Koretsky provides all readers with a trenchant analysis of how eighteenth-century ideas about suicide continue to routinize antiblackness in the modern world. Print versions available for purchase at https://sunypress.edu/Books/D/Death-Rightsen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOpen Access version supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Fellowships Open Book Program.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSUNY Pressen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectAfrican American Studiesen_US
dc.subjectCultural Studiesen_US
dc.subjectEnglish Literatureen_US
dc.subjectGender Studiesen_US
dc.subjectLiterary Criticismen_US
dc.subjectPostcolonial Studiesen_US
dc.subjectRomanticismen_US
dc.subjectWomen's Studiesen_US
dc.titleDeath Rightsen_US
dc.title.alternativeRomantic Suicide, Race, and the Bounds of Liberalismen_US
dc.typeBooken_US
dc.description.versionVoRen_US
refterms.dateFOA2021-05-04T13:10:53Z
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dc.description.institutionSUNY Pressen_US
dc.description.degreelevelN/Aen_US


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