Violence and Democratic Civilities

Douglas Jones

Rutgers University

Douglas Jones is associate professor of English at Rutgers University, where he studies and teaches courses in (African) American literatures of the eighteenth- and nineteenth centuries, drama and performance studies, and cultural histories of slavery in British North America and the US. He is the author of several essays in these areas, as well as The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan, 2014). His most recent article "Slave Evangelicalism, Shouting, and the Beginning of African American Writing" appears in Early American Literature 53.1 (2018).


This paper offers some preliminary thoughts on the place of violence in democratic theory. Democratic theorists most often concern themselves with procedural (e.g., administrative, legislative, or juridical), discursive... [ view full abstract ]


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S8 » Seminar 8: In/Civility (08:00 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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