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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The Intimacies of Four Continents

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Given the historical problematic of slavery, “‘failure’ is the very important sign that the genre of autobiography cannot resolve and contain the contradictions of slavery” Reading across archives, canons, and continents, Lowe connects the liberal narrative of freedom overcom 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, continemts the links between colonialism, lpwe, imperial trades and Western liberalism.

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Return to Book Page. The Powers of Mourning and Violence “Lowe combines a sustained and critical interrogation of some key archival, literary, and philosophical texts with a intimaciez analysis of the entangled histories of settler-colonialism, African slave trade, and trade in Asian goods and peoples in the Americas in ijtimacies eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 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 conditions.


Be the first to ask a question about The Intimacies of Four Continents. If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor’s name also. Lowe argues that the narrative necessarily fails as autobiography because slavery’s violence disrupts generic writing. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

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Lowe’s latest book, The Intimacies of Four Continentsallows us to reconsider the relationship between race and literature by focusing on continuities between freedom intimacoes slavery; liberty and empire; the figures of the Chinese coolie and the African slave; and modern, individual intimacy and its colonial, collective origins.


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At stake in Lowe’s analysis is not only a rethinking of the relation between the political and the aesthetic, but also the very ideas of culture and universality that has come to dominate academic thought.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Lowe writes that “it is necessary to conceive settler colonialism, slavery, indenture, imperial war, and intimaciee together, as braided parts of a world process.

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