incapable of existing

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Applying fuzziness theory to literature, Hippolyte studies five avant-garde French writers-Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Eric Chevillard, Marie Redonnet, Antoine Volodine, and Francois Bon--who see their characters as incapable of existing independently from one another.
African American slaves were seen as inferior beings incapable of existing independently in a civilized society.