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Set in Leopold’s Congo, this sensory reading explores how this rubber regime was lived, perceived, investigated, and heard, especially in the Abir concession. Novel evidence on sexual economies anchors the analysis with the attempted rape of Boali, plus her testimony about her foot being cut off by the sentry she refused. A standoff between a deranged rubber agent and a chief who gifted him a sick woman opens venereal and nervous dimensions. Three sources enable. Roger Casement’s report is reread for sounds and silence; nervous laughter emerges. A Belgian investigator’s diary is read for Congolese claims; laughing white agents...

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