Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines James McCune Smith’s series of sketches “The Heads of Colored People” (1852–54), printed in Frederick Douglass’ Paper, and its dialogic relationship with Frederick Douglass’s novel The Heroic Slave (1853). I argue that, through representations of disabled working-class black bodies and the recurring trope of the shipwreck, Smith rejects Douglass’s privileging of the transatlantic heroic body in favor of an anti-heroism that emphasizes the importance of black print production and circulation as both testimony and prosthesis.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-6182
Print ISSN
1062-4783
Pages
pp. 7-21
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-07
Open Access
No
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