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Arbitrary RuleSlavery, Tyranny, and the Power of Life and Death$
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Mary Nyquist

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226015538

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226015675.001.0001

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Nakedness, History, and Bare Life

Nakedness, History, and Bare Life

(p.227) CHAPTER SEVEN Nakedness, History, and Bare Life
Arbitrary Rule

Mary Nyquist

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses modes of negation and how they need to be specified in order to understand how, across opposed political positions, certain societies are positioned as temporally remote from contemporaneous early modern Europe. Negative comparison is a vital feature of a wide variety of Euro-colonial texts. That negative comparison may rely on conventions and tropes relating to a first or golden age is often duly noted. Yet the profound transformation these undergo when transferred to a previously unknown geographical or spatial register has not really been stressed, nor have their precise operations been closely examined. As a result, it has been difficult to appreciate the contribution negative comparison makes to early modern political, racialist, and protoevolutionary discourses.

Keywords:   modes of negation, opposed political positions, early modern Europe, negative comparison, protoevolutionary discourses

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