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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contihents Lisa Lowe’s work is excellent. Evan Duncan rated it really liked it Dec 17, For Permissions, please e-mail: Dan Carkner rated it really liked it Nov 01, The Powers of Mourning and Violence “Lowe combines a sustained and critical interrogation of some key archival, literary, and philosophical texts with a probing analysis of the entangled histories of settler-colonialism, African slave trade, and trade in Asian goods and peoples in the Americas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


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It is certainly difficult and foud in its use of academic language, but careful attention to the way Lowe sets up its schema yields unfailingly powerful and creative analysis.

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” No trivia or quizzes yet. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Lisa Lowe patiently interweaves disparate global histories of economic and racial subjection and in the process opens up a new future for comparative literary studies both more critical and capacious.

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QQ rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Books by Lisa Lowe. Lisa Lowe reads across an incredible range of texts to build an approach to thinking through the relationship powe European liberalism and the colonialism, slavery, indentured servitude, and dispossessions that define d the relationship between Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

In an especially incisive second chapter, she reads Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Ov of the Life of Olaudah Equiano to understand how autobiography “exemplifies the liberal imperative that the ‘life’ emplot the transition from slavery to freedom.


Email alerts New issue alert. Besides the wealth of historical detail, the two main things I took from this work were 1 details on how genealogy functions as a methodology that makes sense of how past contingencies ossify into inyimacies universalisms in order to figure out the logic of our current situation 2 a method of critical reading that takes the dominant texts of an ideology and reads them alongside and against the ‘minor literature’ of imperial reports or other kinds of documents “on the front lines” of that ideology to create a fuller account of such forms of thought.

Lowe’s latest book, The Intimacies of Four Continentsallows us to reconsider the relationship between race and literature by focusing on continuities between freedom and 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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