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Introduction The Slave's Two Bodies

in The Fugitive's Properties

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226044330
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226241111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226241111.003.0001
Introduction The Slave's Two Bodies

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the king's two bodies in book 1 (“Of the Rights of Persons”), chapter 7 (“Of the King's Prerogative”) of Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. It argues that the secular jurisprudence of nineteenth-century America both needs a similar structure of embodiment and finds a correlate persona in the chattel slave. The discussions then turn to fugitive property, the book's method of “fugitive cuts”, and a subtle form of causality called agency of form.

Keywords: slaves; slavery; secular jurisprudence; fugitive; property; causality; form

Chapter.  11062 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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