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Under Representation: The Racial Regime of Aesthetics

David Lloyd


Under Representation argues that the relation between the concepts of universality, freedom and humanity, and the racial order of the modern world is grounded in the founding texts of aesthetic philosophy. It challenges the absence of sustained thought about race in postcolonial studies and the lack of attention to aesthetics in critical race theory. Late Enlightenment discourse on aesthetic experience proposes a decisive account of the conditions of possibility for universal human subjecthood. The aesthetic forges a powerful racial regime of representation whose genealogy runs from enlightenm ... More

Keywords: Theodor Adorno, aesthetics, Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, philosophy of race, representation, Friedrich Schiller, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282388
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lloyd, author
University of California, Riverside