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The Autonomy of Pleasure"Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution"$
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James A. Steintrager

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151580

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151580.001.0001

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Color and Caprice

Color and Caprice

The Politics and Aesthetics of Interracial Relations

(p.230) Chapter Six Color and Caprice
The Autonomy of Pleasure

James A. Steintrager

Columbia University Press

Considers how radical libertines took up notions from aesthetics such as the beauties of contrast and variety and applied them to racial difference; shows that the libertine interest in race and particularly interracial sexual encounters had more to do with upholding the autonomy of pleasure than with an enlightened political stance.

Keywords:   race, aesthetics, beauty, interracial relations, blackness, diversity

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