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  • Brian Niro

Part of the Transitions book series (TRANSs)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Brian Niro
    Pages 1-12
  3. Brian Niro
    Pages 92-126
  4. Brian Niro
    Pages 157-187
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 188-198

About this book


This dynamic study of the history of the idea of race traces the concept from its prehistory across 400 years to its current status. Brian Niro introduces key theorists and philosophers and a wide variety of literary and theoretical concepts, taking the central view that the notion of race is a fluid concept that has altered consistently since its inception in Western ideology.

Starting with Greek philosophy, Niro moves effortlessly through such diverse writers as Shakespeare, Voltaire, Kant, Mary Shelly, Darwin, Fanon and Achebe in order to explore the representation of race in its various guises. Many contemporary discussions of race are intricate and limited in their scope to current doctrine, but by using a series of close readings of often-studied texts, Niro helps to demonstrate key ideas and make complex theories understandable.


Aristotle Close reading Narrative transformation

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