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Inhaltsangabe: The hands of colonized subjects - South Asian craftsmen, Egyptian mummies, harem women, and Congolese children - were at the crux of Victorian discussions of the body that tried to come to terms with the limits of racial identification. While religious, scientific, and literary discourses privileged hands as sites of physiognomic information, none of these found plausible explanations for what these body parts could convey about ethnicity. As compensation for this absence, which might betray the fact that race was not actually inscribed on the body, fin-de-siècle narratives sought to generate models for how non-white hands might offer crucial means of identifying and theorizing racial identity. They removed hands from a holistic corporeal context and allowed them to circulate independently from the body to which they originally belonged. Severed hands consequently served as 'human tools' that could be put to use in a number of political, aesthetic, and ideological contexts.

Book Description: The hands of colonized subjects were vital sites of fascination and interpretation in late-Victorian imperial narratives. The book considers accounts of fingerprinting, amputation, disease, manual labor, and mummification as central examples of the racial significance assigned to hands around the fin de siècle.

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Verlag: Cambridge University Press Sep 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 1107116589 ISBN 13: 9781107116580
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press Sep 2015, 2015. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - A fascinating study that explores the power of the racially identified hand as a narrative symbol in Victorian literature and culture. 236 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781107116580

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