Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ariel's EcologyPlantations, Personhood, and Colonialism in the American Tropics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Monique Allewaert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677276

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677276.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MINNESOTA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.minnesota.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MNSO for personal use.date: 03 June 2020

Persons without Objects

Persons without Objects

Afro-American Materialisms from Fetishes to Personhood

(p.115) 4 Persons without Objects
Ariel's Ecology

Monique Allewaert

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter delves deeper into the discussion of alternative conceptions of the body and personhood. Its central argument is that the fetish artifacts produced by Afro-Americans presume a dispersed body that is important, first, for its conception of the person’s constitutive relation to the body’s outsides and, second, for offering a decentered account of systems, including that of the person. The chapter analyzes the works of Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American poet, whose poems evoke colonial natural history and political events, early national pageantry, and accounts of mercantilistic exchange. Wheatley distinguishes herself as a spiritual agent removed from the materialism of eighteenth-century New Englanders. Not only is Wheatley an avatar of Afro-American evangelicalism tradition, her works reconsiders the status of materiality, objects, and objectivity in early Afro-American culture.

Keywords:   personhood, Phillis Wheatley, Afro-American culture, objectivity, colonial natural history, political events, national pageantry, mercantilistic exchange

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.