The intimacies of four continents / Lisa Lowe. pages cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn (hardcover: alk. paper). Lisa Lowe’s book addresses the colonial relationships that connect the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. These relationships of appropriation. Lisa Lowe’s Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics () helped usher in the transnational turn in Asian American studies, reorienting the field.
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Lowe resists the urge to be totalizing in her analysis or to craft a grand narrative of history; rather, she precisely resists and refutes these to craft means of thinking through the intimacies of these four continents as a “history of the present”. Immigrant Acts focused on the contradictions between the promises of initmacies and equality and the needs of racialized labor for American nation-building.
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In an especially incisive second chapter, she reads Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano to understand how autobiography “exemplifies the liberal imperative that the ‘life’ emplot the transition from slavery to freedom.
This book is not so much interdisciplinary as blowing disciplinary boundaries out of the water with seeming ease. Hardcoverpages. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Besides the wealth of historical detail, the two main things I Lisa Lowe’s work is excellent.
If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. In Thackeray’s Vanity Fairwhich Lowe writes about in the third chapter, we see colonial commodities—tea, chintz, and silk—put on display in the Victorian home, which allows for an cotninents into how the British East India Company managed trade and labor in both India and China.
In this uniquely interdisciplinary work, Lisa Lowe examines the relationships between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- centuries, exploring the links between colonialism, slavery, imperial trades and Western liberalism. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve.
American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. In this uniquely interdisciplinary work, Lisa Lowe examines the relationships between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- centuries, exploring the links between colonialism, slavery, imperial trades and Western liberalism.
I really needed to read this book right now. Lowe argues that Chinese coolies were differentiated from African slaves as a free and voluntary labor force that was thought of in terms of the “fantasy of Chinese family civility” 33disrupting potential alliances between these two racialized groups.
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The Intimacies of Four Continents
In the autobiography, slavery becomes source material for individual uplift, “encourag[ing] readers to understand the emancipation of the individual as if it were a collective emancipation. Reading across archives, canons, and continents, Lowe connects the liberal narrative of freedom overcoming slavery to the expansion of Anglo-American empire, observing that abstract promises of freedom often obscure their embeddedness within colonial lowr.
Sign In Forgot password? U of Illinois P, Each chapter offers a low but rooted lens through which to experience her overall points. The Powers of Mourning and Violence “Lowe combines a sustained and critical interrogation of some key archival, literary, and philosophical texts with a probing analysis of the entangled histories of settler-colonialism, African slave lode, and trade in Asian goods and peoples in the Americas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? She is the author of Immigrant Acts: Rohrleitner, Pacific Historical Review “[T]he intellectual paradigm shaping The Intimacies of Four Continents works well, and as an extended essay in critical theory it makes for a thought-provoking and plausible intervention.
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