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By Jared Hickman

How did an historical mythological determine who stole fireplace from the gods develop into a face of the trendy, lending his identify to trailblazing spaceships and radical publishing clothes alike? How did Prometheus come to symbolize a inspiration of civilizational development via revolution--scientific, political, and spiritual--and thereby to middle not anything below a delusion of modernity itself ? the reply Black Prometheus gives is that sure gains of the myth--its geographical institutions, iconography of physically agony, and serve as as a restrict case in an extended culture of absolutist political theology--made it ripe for revival and reinvention in a old second during which freedom itself used to be racialized, in what used to be the Age either one of Atlantic revolution and Atlantic slavery. inside the quite a few incarnations of the trendy Prometheus--whether in Mary Shelley's esoteric novel, Frankenstein, Denmark Vesey's real-world recruitment of slave rebels, or well known travelogues representing Muslim jihadists opposed to the Russian empire within the Caucasus-- is
a profound debate in regards to the ability and ends of liberation in our globalized global. Tracing the titan's rehabilitation and remarkable exaltation within the eighteenth and 19th centuries throughout a number genres and geographies seems to supply the way to reconsider the connection among race, faith, and modernity and to interrogate the Eurocentric and secularist assumptions of our inner most highbrow traditions of critique.

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