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:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. This book began with an attempt to understand the historical force of the law's respect for form—for forms of argument, rhetorical forms, forms of procedure. It focused on a “poetics of property” out of a desire to understand legal form as a necessary component in the experience of blacks in America. The main argument has been that the issues of personhood and property that slavery elaborates, and the issues emanating from the emerging law on intellectual property, are part of a fundamental historical continuity in the life of the United States in which the idea of personhood is increasingly subject to the domain of property. Slavery is not simply an antebellum institution that the United States has surpassed, but a particular historical form of an ongoing crisis involving the subjection of personhood to property.

Keywords: property; slavery; law; legal form; blacks; personhood

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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