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Fugitive Science


Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America


B r it t rus ert


How the work of an influential group of black artists confronted and refuted scientific racism

Traversing the archives of early African American literature, performance, and visual culture, Fugitive Science chronicles a littleknown story about race and science in America. While the history of scientific racism in the nineteenth century has been well-documented, there was also a counter-movement of African Americans who worked to refute its claims.

Science Empiricism

and Freedom in

Early African American Culture

Far from rejecting science, these figures were careful readers of antebellum science who linked diverse fields—from astronomy to physiology—to both on-the-ground activism and more speculative forms of knowledge creation. From the recovery of neglected figures like Robert Benjamin Lewis, Hosea Easton, and Sarah Mapps Douglass, to new accounts of Martin Delany, Henry Box Brown, and Frederick Douglass, Fugitive Science makes natural science central to how we understand the origins and development of African American literature and culture. This distinct and pioneering book will spark interest in anyone wishing to learn more on race and society. BRITT RUSERT is Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies.



Play and Popular Culture in


A re-examination of the Cuban diaspora through the lens of popular culture

In an era of warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba, this book updates the conversation about the movement of Cubans to America through an analysis of how this community has changed over the past twentyfive years. Laguna explores the generational shifts and tensions in a Cuban America where the majority is now made up of immigrants who arrived since the 1990s and those born in the U.S. To describe these demographic shifts, Laguna examines the centrality of play and popular culture in a community that has been historically described as angry, reactionary, and melancholic. Through readings of a wide range of popular culture forms originating in Miami and Cuba from the 1970s through the present, Laguna explores stand-up comedians, festivals, a form of media distribution on the island called “el paquete,” and the viral social media content of Los Pichy Boys. Diversión contends that our understanding of the Cuban diaspora is lacking not in seriousness, but in play. In the wake of the largest migration wave in Cuban history, Diversión and its focus on play is crucial reading for those who seek to understand not only the Cuban American diaspora, but cultural and economic life on the island. ALBERT SERGIO LAGUNA is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration at Yale University.

APRIL 2017 320 PAGES • 19 black & white illustrations PAPER • 978-1-4798-4766-2 • $32.00S (£25.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-8568-8 • $89.00X (£74.00) In the America and the Long 19th Century series AMERICAN STUDIES • AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES 38

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