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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature$
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Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940520

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.001.0001

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The Black Male Body in Early African American Science Fiction

The Black Male Body in Early African American Science Fiction

The Experimental Case of Sutton Griggs’s Imperium in Imperio1

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(p.34) Chapter Two The Black Male Body in Early African American Science Fiction
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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature
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Marlene D. Allen

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.003.0003

Marlene Allen’s essay explores the bodies of Belton Piedmont and Bernard Belgrave through the focus of late nineteenth-century debates about race determinism. Sutton Grigg’s Imperium in Imperio extrapolates the nature and nurture dichotomy into a fantastical counter-history of race war in America, refuting pseudo-scientific discourses of black intellectual inferiority.

Keywords:   African American History, Sutton Griggs, Science Fiction, Male Body, Black Nationalism

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