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The palms of colonized topics - South Asian craftsmen, Egyptian mummies, harem girls, and Congolese kids - have been on the crux of Victorian discussions of the physique that attempted to come back to phrases with the boundaries of racial identity. whereas spiritual, clinical, and literary discourses privileged palms as websites of physiognomic details, none of those chanced on believable motives for what those physique elements may possibly exhibit approximately ethnicity. As repayment for this absence, which would betray the truth that race was once no longer truly inscribed at the physique, fin-de-siècle narratives sought to generate versions for the way non-white arms may possibly supply the most important technique of deciding upon and theorizing racial identification. They got rid of fingers from a holistic corporeal context and allowed them to flow independently from the physique to which they initially belonged. Severed fingers as a result served as 'human instruments' that may be positioned to take advantage of in a couple of political, aesthetic, and ideological contexts.

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