Imagining Slaves and Robots in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

Imagining Slaves and Robots in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture : Reinventing Yesterday's Slave with Tomorrow's Robot

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Imagining Slaves and Robots in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture: Reinventing Yesterday's Slave with Tomorrow's Robot is an interdisciplinary study that seeks to investigate and speculate about the relationship between technology and human nature through popular culture. Imagining Slaves and Robots in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture seeks to gain a better understanding of how slaves are created and justified in the imaginations of a supposedly civilized nation. It is a timely and creative analysis of the ways in which we domesticate technology and the manner in which the history of slavery continues to be utilized in contemporary society.show more

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  • Hardback | 114 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 14mm | 313g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739191454
  • 9780739191453
  • 1,192,434

About Gregory Jerome Hampton

Gregory Hampton is associate professor of African-American literature and is the director of graduate studies in the Department of English at Howard University.show more

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION Reading the Writing on the Wall CHAPTER 1. Racing Robots and Making Slaves: How the Past Informs the Future CHAPTER 2. Proslavery Thought and the Black Robot: Selling Household Appliances to Southern Belles CHAPTER 3. The True Cult of Humanhood: Displacing Repressed Sexuality onto Mechanical Bodies CHAPTER 4. The Tragic Mulatto and the Android: Imitations of Life in Literature and on the Silver Screen CHAPTER 5. AI (Artificial Identity): The New Negro CHAPTER 6. From Fritz Lang to Janelle Monae: Black Robots Singing and Dancing CONCLUSION When the Revolution Comes BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEXshow more

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