Studies of Racism and African Identity

Studies of Racism and African Identity in ASECS Publications

Studies of Racism and African Identity in ASECS Publications

A Bibliography

Gathered here are citations for articles published in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture that examine racism, the concept of race, and African identity under strained race relations. From an essay on Immanuel Kant, who established the first scientific definition for race, to a study of Phyllis Wheatley, who became the first published African-American poet and a strong supporter of the American Revolution, these works make clear that the eighteenth century’s ideas of race and racism reverberate into the present day. While we are currently amid the largest civil rights movement in history, I believe it is important that we look to the past and see how far we have come in our progress and ideals, and also how little has changed in some regards. I hope that anyone who picks up one of these pieces enjoys reading them as much as I did.

                                                            -William McCourt (ASECS Graduate Student Assistant)

Eighteenth-Century Studies

Anderson, Douglas. "Subterraneous Virginia: The Ethical Poetics of Thomas Jefferson." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 33 no. 2, 2000, p. 233-249. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2000.0003.

Beach, Adam R. "African Slaves, English Slave Narratives, and Early Modern Morocco." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 46 no. 3, 2013, p. 333-348. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2013.0023.

Carpenter, Olivia. Review of Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733–1833, by Daniel Livesay. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 53 no. 2, 2020, p. 311-314. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2020.0019.

Carretta, Vincent. Review of The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600-2000. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 41 no. 1, 2007, p. 121-123. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2007.0051.

 

Coleman, Deirdre. "Janet Schaw and the Complexions of Empire." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 36 no. 2, 2003, p. 169-193. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2003.0010.

 

Hudson, Nicholas. "From 'Nation' to 'Race': The Origin of Racial Classification in Eighteenth- Century Thought." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 29 no. 3, 1996, p. 247-264. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.1996.0027.

 

Jacob, Margaret C. "Assessing the Cosmopolitan." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 47 no. 3, 2014, p. 349-352. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2014.0013.

 

Johnson, David. "Representing the Cape 'Hottentots,' from the French Enlightenment to Post-apartheid South Africa." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 40 no. 4, 2007, p. 525-552. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2007.0044.

 

Lafont, Anne. "How Skin Color Became a Racial Marker: Art Historical Perspectives on Race." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 51 no. 1, 2017, p. 89-113. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2017.0048.

 

Librett, Jeffrey S. "Humanist Antiformalism as a Theopolitics of Race: F.H. Jacobi on Friend and Enemy." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 32 no. 2, 1998, p. 233-245. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.1999.0004.

Marsh, Sarah. Review of Colonial Complexions: Race and Bodies in Eighteenth-Century America, by Sharon Block. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 52 no. 4, 2019, p. 447-451. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2019.0032.

McMurran, Mary Helen. "The New Cosmopolitanism and the Eighteenth Century." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 47 no. 1, 2013, p. 19-38. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2013.0053.

Morrison, Heather. "Dressing Angelo Soliman." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 44 no. 3, 2011, p. 361-382. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2011.0001.

Potter, Tiffany. "Writing Indigenous Femininity: Mary Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 36 no. 2, 2003, p. 153-167. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2003.0020.

Richards, Phillip M. Review of Phillis Wheatley’s Poetics of Liberation: Backgrounds and Contexts. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 43 no. 4, 2010, p. 523-527. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.0.0161

Rosenthal, Jamie. "From Radical Feminist to Caribbean Slaveowner: Eliza Fenwick's Barbados Letters." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 52 no. 1, 2018, p. 47-68. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2018.0026.

 

Saillant, John. "The American Enlightenment in Africa: Jefferson's Colonizationism and Black Virginians' Migration to Liberia, 1776-1840." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 31 no. 3, 1998, p. 261-282. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.1998.0023.

 

Schweiger, Tristan J. "Grainger’s West Indian Planter: Property and Authority in The Sugar-Cane." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 50 no. 4, 2017, p. 401-416. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2017.0031.

Senior, Emily. "'Perfectly Whole': Skin and Text in John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a Five Years' Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 44 no. 1, 2010, p. 39-56. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2010.0017.

Snead, Jennifer. Review of Tears of Repentance: Christian Indian Identity and Community in Colonial Southern New England, by Julius H. Rubin. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 49 no 1, 2015, p. 102-103. Project MUSE, doi: 10.1353/ecs.2015.0046

Sullivan, Shannon. Review of The German Invention of Race. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 41 no. 2, 2008, p. 273-275. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2008.0015.

 

Wheeler, Roxann. "The Complexion of Desire: Racial Ideology and Mid-Eighteenth-Century British Novels." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 32 no. 3, 1999, p. 309-332. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.1999.0024.

 

Wright, Nicole Mansfield and Suvir Kaul. "ASECS at 50: Interview with Suvir Kaul." Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 53 no. 1, 2019, p. 31-42. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2019.0040.

Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture

SECC 3 (1973) featured a “Symposium: Racism in the Eighteenth Century.” The articles included are listed below, in the order in which they appear in the volume.

Pagliaro, Harold E. “Preface.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. ix-xviii.

Introduction.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 239-243.

Popkin, Richard H. “The Philosophical Basis of Eighteenth-Century Racism.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 245-262.

Aldridge, A. Owen. “Feijoo and the Problem of Ethiopian Color.”  Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 263-277.

Neatby, Hilda. “Racism in the Old Province of Quebec.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 279-292.

Sloan, Phillip R. “The Idea of Racial Degeneracy in Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 293-321.

Campbell, Leon G. “Racism without Race: Ethnic Group Relations in Late Colonial Peru.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 323-333.

Lowenthal, David. “Free Colored West Indians: A Racial Dilemma.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 335-353.

Necheles, Ruth F. “Gregoire and the Egalitarian Movement.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 355-368.

Rousseau, G. S. “Le Cat and the Physiology of Negroes.Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 3, 1973, p. 369-386.

Other articles in SECC:

Beach, Adam R. "Behn's Oroonoko, the Gold Coast, and Slavery in the Early-Modern Atlantic World." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 39, 2010, p. 215-233. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sec.0.0058.

Edelstein, Dan. "Hyperborean Atlantis: Jean-Sylvain Bailly, Madame Blavatsky, and the Nazi Myth." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 35, 2006, p. 267-291. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sec.2010.0055.

Keith, Jennifer. "The Formal Challenges of Antislavery Poetry." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 34, 2005, p. 97-124. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sec.2010.0024.

 

Libby, Susan H. "The Mechanical Plantation: Picturing Sugar Production in the Encyclopédie." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 47, 2018, p. 71-88. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sec.2018.0007.

 

Shuffelton, Frank. "Phillis Wheatley, the Aesthetic, and the Form of Life." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 26, 1997, p. 73-85. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sec.2010.0198.

 

Sokalski, Alexander A. “‘Impressions africaines’: The Chevalier de Boufflers in Senegal, 1785-1787.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 16, 1986, p. 251-270.

 

Thorn, Jennifer. "'All beautiful in woe': Gender, Nation, and Phillis Wheatley's 'Niobe.'" Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 37, 2008, p. 233-258. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sec.0.0026.

 

Wechselblatt, Martin. “Gender and Race in Yarico’s Epistles to Inkle: Voicing the Feminine/Slave.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 19, 1989, p. 197-223.

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