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Black PrometheusRace and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery$
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Jared Hickman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190272586.001.0001

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The Afro-Promethean “Science of the Stars”

The Afro-Promethean “Science of the Stars”

Toward a New Metahistory of African Survivals

(p.168) 4 The Afro-Promethean “Science of the Stars”
Black Prometheus

Jared Hickman

Oxford University Press

Traditional African associations and an established interpretation of the Promethean theft of fire as an allegory of the historical origins of astronomy facilitated the emergence of a nineteenth-century consensus that modern astronomy was a legacy of a primordial African cultural achievement. This period conception of “African” culture invites us to analyze afresh two apposite discourses: representations of the famed African American astronomer, Benjamin Banneker, and reflections on and around the North Star in North American antislavery literature. This undertaking enables us, one, to trace a thinking of the “African” difference in global modernity as a Promethean rebelliousness against divine regimes that would withhold their power/knowledge from human beings; and, two, to develop a radically historicist approach to the question of African cultural “survivals” by carefully tracking in discourse-analytical terms an evolving notion of African provenance and reinterpreting pertinent cultural productions in light of contemporaneous meanings of Africanness.

Keywords:   Afrocentrism, African cultural survivals, North Star, race, slavery, Prometheus, astronomy, Benjamin Banneker, science

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