"Finseth's attention to the convergence of antebellum views of slavery and rising appreciation of the sociopolitical import of the natural world (what we have come nowadays to call 'ecocriticism') provides a unique and welcome new departure in the study of slavery and abolitionism."
—Eric J. Sundquist, author of Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820–1865
"Finseth’s book remains invaluable in its quest to reveal the neglected history of African American environmental thought and the myriad ways black writers and artists made nature a site of resistance to white supremacy. For anyone interested in these topics, Shades of Green is required reading."
Drawing on a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, including aesthetics, anthropology, phenomenology, and ecocriticism, Shades of Green demonstrates the agility with which human thought about the natural and the racial leapt across formal epistemological, professional, and artistic boundaries. In this innovative account, the politics of race and slavery are shown to have been deeply intertwined with putatively apolitical cultural understandings of the natural world. The book will be of value to scholars in a variety of disciplines, including American studies, African American literary history, and environmental philosophy.
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