Dinosaur Bones and Uncivil Histories of Black Women's Embodiment

Samantha Pinto

Georgetown University

Samantha Pinto is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Her book, Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic (NYU Press, 2013), was the winner of the 2013 William Sanders Scarborough Prize for African American Literature and Culture from the MLA. Her second book, Infamous Bodies, explores the relationship between 18th and 19th-century black women celebrities and discourses of race, gender, & human rights. She is currently working on a third book entitled Under the Skin about the intersection of science, race, and embodiment in cultural discourse surrounding the interior of the body.    


Over the course of the 1790s, a rivalry emerged between Thomas Jefferson and George Cuvier for possession of a set of fossils, the bones of a giant mammoth. This convergence of two of the most infamous and intimate links... [ view full abstract ]


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