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Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death

Courtney R. Baker


In the history of black America, the image of the mortal, wounded, and dead black body has long been looked at by others from a safe distance. This book questions the relationship between the spectator and victim and urges viewers to move beyond the safety of the “gaze” to cultivate a capacity for humane insight toward representations of human suffering. Utilizing the visual studies concept termed the “look,” the book interrogates how the notion of black humanity was articulated and recognized in oft-referenced moments within the African American experience: the graphic brutality of the 1834 L ... More

Keywords: black America, suffering, black humanity, African American experience, black freedom, racial injustice, African American history, black liberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039485
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtney R. Baker, author
Connecticut College