The fugitive's properties : law and the poetics of possession /

'The Fugitive's Properties' uncovers a poetics of intangible personified property emerging out of antebellum laws circulating through key 19th century works of literature, & informing cultural forms such as blackface minstrelsy & early race films.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Best, Stephen Michael.
Format: eBook
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004.
Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Table of Contents:
  • INTRODUCTION: The Slave's Two Bodies
  • Fugitive Property
  • The Agency of Form
  • Caveat Emptor: Fugitive Sound: Fungible Personhood, Evanescent Property
  • Theft and Gift
  • Copyright Law
  • The Human Phonograph
  • The Poetics of Property, 1857: Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • Impersonation
  • Pro Bono Publico: The Fugitive's Properties: Uncle Tom's Incalculable Dividend
  • Fictions of Finance: Puttin' on Old Massa
  • Pro Bono Publico
  • Tom's par me la
  • Castles in the Air
  • The Social Covenant of Property
  • Cuttin' of Figgers
  • Sine Qua Non: Counterfactuals, Causation, and the Tenses of "Separate but Equal"
  • In Plain Black and White
  • Parallel Tracks
  • What Happened in the Tunnel
  • CONCLUSION: The Rules of the Game
  • Sin and Risk
  • Principle and History
  • Procedure and Pragmatism.