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By Jared Hickman

How did an historical mythological determine who stole hearth from the gods develop into a face of the fashionable, lending his identify to trailblazing spaceships and radical publishing clothes alike? How did Prometheus come to symbolize a proposal of civilizational growth via revolution--scientific, political, and spiritual--and thereby to heart not anything under a delusion of modernity itself ? the reply Black Prometheus gives is that convinced beneficial properties of the myth--its geographical institutions, iconography of physically discomfort, and serve as as a restrict case in a protracted culture of absolutist political theology--made it ripe for revival and reinvention in a historic second during which freedom itself was once racialized, in what used to be the Age either one of Atlantic revolution and Atlantic slavery. inside the a number of incarnations of the fashionable Prometheus--whether in Mary Shelley's esoteric novel, Frankenstein, Denmark Vesey's real-world recruitment of slave rebels, or well known travelogues representing Muslim jihadists opposed to the Russian empire within the Caucasus-- is
a profound debate concerning the capability and ends of liberation in our globalized international. Tracing the titan's rehabilitation and exceptional exaltation within the eighteenth and 19th centuries throughout a number genres and geographies seems to supply the way to reconsider the connection among race, faith, and modernity and to interrogate the Eurocentric and secularist assumptions of our inner most highbrow traditions of critique.

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