Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

Though the writing of this book was brief, its gestation reaches back two decades. In that time the following has been crucial to either its development or my ability to sustain commitment to the work and the profession. My elders: Teshome Gabriel, without...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

A book with such eclectic concerns that brings together disparate disciplines and multiple realms of knowledge is best begun before the beginning, which is to say, with the title itself. The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics is about...

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1. Modernism’s Black Mechanics

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pp. 21-77

On or about December 1835, American popular culture could be said to have begun. Though it may seem obvious that this is merely a restating of Virginia Woolf’s famous declaration in her 1923 essay, “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown,” which addressed the change...

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2. Humanizing the Machine

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pp. 78-127

Race and technology came together in the Victorian era, as Europeans were forced to make sense of the implications of colonial expansion and the repercussions of industrial power. One of the more important methods of this sense making emerged in that moment...

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3. Creolization and Technopoetics

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pp. 128-178

More important than juggling forms of difference against a backdrop of evolution, colonialism, industrialism, and utopian fiction, Erewhon establishes important conceptual and historical relationships between race, technology, and artificial intelligence in advance...

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4. A Caribbean Pre-Posthumanism

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pp. 179-224

The Caribbean lineage of creolization and its hostility to conventional borders and antinomies is what makes Donna Haraway’s notion that “by the late twentieth century in United States scientific culture, the boundary between human and animal is thoroughly

Appendix: A Playlist

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pp. 225-226

Notes

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pp. 227-246

Bibliography

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pp. 247-256

Index

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pp. 257-267

About the Author

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