TitleDignity amidst devastation
NameNjoya, Wairimu R. (author), Cornell, Drucilla (chair), Daniels, Cynthia R. (co-chair), Alexander-Floyd, Nikol G. (internal member), Busia, Abena P. A. (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
African diaspora in literature,
Sublime, The, in literature,
Women authors, Black,
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797--Criticism and interpretation,
Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804--Criticism and interpretation,
Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1857--Criticism and interpretation
DescriptionBurke, Kant, and Schiller used aesthetic categories to connect politics with ethical ideals of sympathy, dignity, and freedom. Although they extended these ideals to all human beings regardless of sex, color, or nation, this dissertation argues that representations of human difference in the realm of the aesthetic undermined the universal intent of their political philosophies. A new approach to aesthetics is needed in order to re-imagine difference from an ethical standpoint. This project identifies one such approach in selected works of art and literature by women from different parts of the African diaspora. In representing the dignity of women who were enslaved or colonized, these creative works revise our conceptions of political community, humanity, and the meaning of freedom.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Wairmu R. Njoya
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.