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Affirmation in the Dark: Racial Slavery and Philosophical Pessimism

Affirmation in the Dark: Racial Slavery and Philosophical Pessimism Jared Sexton Affirmation in the Dark Racial Slavery and Philosophical Pessimism . . . what sue ff rs always conceals itself. Arthur Schopenhauer Pessimism is as old as philosophy itself and profoundly shapes the latter’s coeval development with a whole range of literary forms, whether prose, poetry or drama. And all of these aspects of expressive culture seem to bear an indelible relation- ship to the long history of enslavement, from ancient to modern; sustaining peren- nial attempts to broach and formulate the question of freedom by means creative and critical. One of the first known pieces of world literature is, of course, the list of Zuisudra, a short letter written in cuneiform script on clay tablets handing down the wisdom of the last king of Sumer prior to the devastation of the Great Flood some 5,000 years ago. For John D’Agata, editor of the thr vo ee- lume s eries A New History of the Essay, this antediluvian text at the heart of the Eridu Genesis myth, dated several centuries before the first known stories or poems, is much more than the historical origin of literature established by previous scholars. If literature emerges in this history of writing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Affirmation in the Dark: Racial Slavery and Philosophical Pessimism

The Comparatist , Volume 43 – Nov 15, 2019

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Jared Sexton Affirmation in the Dark Racial Slavery and Philosophical Pessimism . . . what sue ff rs always conceals itself. Arthur Schopenhauer Pessimism is as old as philosophy itself and profoundly shapes the latter’s coeval development with a whole range of literary forms, whether prose, poetry or drama. And all of these aspects of expressive culture seem to bear an indelible relation- ship to the long history of enslavement, from ancient to modern; sustaining peren- nial attempts to broach and formulate the question of freedom by means creative and critical. One of the first known pieces of world literature is, of course, the list of Zuisudra, a short letter written in cuneiform script on clay tablets handing down the wisdom of the last king of Sumer prior to the devastation of the Great Flood some 5,000 years ago. For John D’Agata, editor of the thr vo ee- lume s eries A New History of the Essay, this antediluvian text at the heart of the Eridu Genesis myth, dated several centuries before the first known stories or poems, is much more than the historical origin of literature established by previous scholars. If literature emerges in this history of writing

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Published: Nov 15, 2019

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