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Title Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel
Author Maria Giulia Fabi
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Release Date 2001
Category Fiction
Total Pages 187
ISBN 0252026675
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel restores to its rightful place a body of American literature that has long been overlooked, dismissed, or misjudged. This insightful reconsideration of nineteenth-century African-American fiction uncovers the literary artistry and ideological complexity of a body of work that laid the foundation for the Harlem Renaissance and changed the course of American letters. Focusing on the trope of passing -- black characters lightskinned enough to pass for white -- M. Giulia Fabi shows how early African-American authors such as William Wells Brown, Frank J. Webb, Charles W. Chesnutt, Sutton E. Griggs, James Weldon Johnson, Frances E. W. Harper, and Edward A. Johnson transformed traditional representations of blackness and moved beyond the tragic mulatto motif. Celebrating a distinctive, African-American history, culture, and worldview, these authors used passing to challenge the myths of racial purity and the color line. Fabi examines how early black writers adapted existing literary forms, including the sentimental romance, the domestic novel, and the utopian novel, to express their convictions and concerns about slavery, segregation, and racism. She also gives a historical overview of the canon-making enterprises of African-American critics from the 1850s to the 1990s and considers how their concerns about crafting a particular image for African-American literature affected their perceptions of nineteenth-century black fiction.

Title The American Novel After Ideology 1961 2000
Author Laurie Rodrigues
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2020-12-10
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 232
ISBN 9781501361876
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Claims of ideology's end are, on the one hand, performative denials of ideology's inability to end; while, on the other hand, paradoxically, they also reiterate an idea that 'ending' is simply what all ideologies eventually do. Situating her work around the intersecting publications of Daniel Bell's The End of Ideology (1960) and J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey (1961), Laurie Rodrigues argues that American novels express this paradox through nuanced applications of non-realist strategies, distorting realism in manners similar to ideology's distortions of reality, history, and belief. Reflecting the astonishing cultural variety of this period, The American Novel After Ideology, 1961 - 2000 examines Franny and Zooey, Carlene Hatcher Polite's The Flagellants (1967), Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead (1991), and Philip Roth's The Human Stain (2001) alongside the various discussions around ideology with which they intersect. Each novel's plotless narratives, dissolving subjectivities, and cultural codes organize the texts' peculiar relations to the post-ideological age, suggesting an aesthetic return of the repressed.

Title African American Review
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2005
Category African American arts
Total Pages 86
ISBN UVA:X030053607
Language English, Spanish, and French
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African American Literature by Paul Q. Tilden

Title African American Literature
Author Paul Q. Tilden
Publisher Nova Science Pub Incorporated
Release Date 2003
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 192
ISBN UOM:39015058091474
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Having its origins in the slave narratives and the folktales transmitted orally during that period, the literature of the African American has been rich and varied. Beginning with the first published work of fiction (Clotel; Or, the President's Daughter) in 1853, continuing under the influence of W.E.B. Du Bois during the first part of this century, and reaching a flowering during the Harlem Renaissance, major contributions have been made to American literature. Today African American writers, such as Toni Morrison, Alex Haley, and Maya Angelou are recognized as among the most significant and popular authors in this country. This new book presents an important overview of African-American literature as well as a comprehensive bibliography with easy access provided by title, subject, and author indexes.

Title Journal of American Studies
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2003
Category American literature
Total Pages 86
ISBN UCAL:B4928606
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Research in African Literatures
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2007
Category Africa
Total Pages 86
ISBN STANFORD:36105123422342
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Not Even Past by Dorothy Stringer

Title Not Even Past
Author Dorothy Stringer
Publisher American Literatures Initiative
Release Date 2010
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 177
ISBN STANFORD:36105124107371
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Not Even Past highlights references to nineteenth-century U.S. slavery and anti-Black racism in literary and photographic projects begun during the late 1920s and early 1930s, including novels by William Faulkner and Nella Larsen, and portraits by Carl Van Vechten. These texts share a representational crisis, in which distinctions between present, quotidian racism and a massive, fully racialized historical trauma disappear. All identify persistent historical traumatization with intense subjective states (including madness, religious ecstasy, narcissism, and fetishistic enjoyment), and each explores the conservative, even coercive social character of such links between psyche and history. When the past of enslavement is "not even past," narration freezes, black and white women lose their capacity to question or resist social and domestic violence, and racial politics fail. Anticipating contemporary trauma studies by decades, these disparate modernists' works constitute not an expounded or avowed but an interstitial trauma theory, which finds its shape in the spaces left by conventional public discourse. Their works parallel important essays by psychoanalytic thinkers of the same era, including Joan Riviere, Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, and Walter Benjamin, and their joint explication of relationships among psyche, history, and race offers important resources for psychoanalytic approaches to racial difference today. Despite their analytic acuity, however, Faulkner, Larsen, and Van Vechten also themselves carry the traumatic past forward into the future. Indeed, the two novelists' tragic depictions of a triumphant color line and the photographer's insistence on an idiom of black primitivism lent support to white supremacy in the twentieth century. Yet even in their very failure, three U.S. modernists tell us that it is not enough simply to exercise critical acuity on the marks of past violence. Reading, however masterly, cannot interrupt a history in the midst of repeating itself; it can only itself reiterate the disaster.

A Chosen Exile by Allyson Hobbs

Title A Chosen Exile
Author Allyson Hobbs
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 2014-10-13
Category Social Science
Total Pages 394
ISBN 9780674744813
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Countless African Americans have passed as white, leaving behind families and friends, roots and communities. It was, as Allyson Hobbs writes, a chosen exile. This history of passing explores the possibilities, challenges, and losses that racial indeterminacy presented to men and women living in a country obsessed with racial distinctions.

Title The Autobiography of an Ex Colored Man
Author James Weldon Johnson
Publisher Graphic Arts Books
Release Date 2021-01-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 118
ISBN 9781513276069
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A gifted musician’s decision to navigate society as a white man causes an internal debate about anti-blackness and the explicit nature of intent versus impact. James Weldon Johnson presents a distinct conflict driven by a person’s desires and overwhelming fear. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man follows the story of an unnamed narrator and his unique experience as a fair-skinned Black person. As a child, he is initially unaware of his race, but his mother soon clarifies their family’s ancestry. The young man’s ability to pass for white allows him to negate the harsh and discriminatory treatment most Black people face. This leads to a series of events that significantly shape the way he views his place in society. James Weldon Johnson delivers a captivating tale of identity politics in the U.S. and abroad. The main character is living a life of omission that provides public gain at a personal cost. This story maintains its relevance as a critical examination of race in society. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is both modern and readable.

Title The Mulatta and the Politics of Race
Author Teresa C. Zackodnik
Publisher Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date 2010
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 268
ISBN 1604730579
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From abolition through the years just before the civil rights struggle began, African American women recognized that a mixed-race woman made for a powerful and, at times, very useful figure in the battle for racial justice.The Mulatta and the Politics of Race traces many key instances in which black women have wielded the image of a racially mixed woman to assault the color line. In the oratory and fiction of black women from the late 1840s through the 1950s, Teresa C. Zackodnik finds the mulatta to be a metaphor of increasing potency. Before the Civil War white female abolitionists created the image of the "tragic mulatta," caught between races, rejected by all. African American women put the mulatta to diverse political use. Black women used the mulatta figure to invoke and manage American and British abolitionist empathy and to contest racial stereotypes of womanhood in the postbellum United States. The mulatta aided writers in critiquing the "New Negro Renaissance" and gave writers leverage to subvert the aims of mid-twentieth-century mainstream American culture.The Mulatta and the Politics of Race focuses on the antislavery lectures and appearances of Ellen Craft and Sarah Parker Remond, the domestic fiction of Pauline Hopkins and Frances Harper, the Harlem Renaissance novels of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen, and the little-known 1950s texts of Dorothy Lee Dickens and Reba Lee. Throughout, the author discovers the especially valuable and as yet unexplored contributions of these black women and their uses of the mulatta in prose and speech.Teresa C. Zackodnik is a professor of English at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Title The Journal of African American History
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2005
Category African Americans
Total Pages 86
ISBN NWU:35556037816444
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Book Review Digest
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2008
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN STANFORD:36105211408781
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Choice s Outstanding Academic Titles 1998 2002
Author Rebecca Ann Bartlett
Publisher Amer Library Assn
Release Date 2003
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 642
ISBN 0838982328
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Words For The Hour by David D. LaCroix

Title Words for the Hour
Author David D. LaCroix
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category
Total Pages 271
ISBN WISC:89094384286
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Crossing The Line by Gayle Wald

Title Crossing the Line
Author Gayle Wald
Publisher Duke University Press
Release Date 2000-07-24
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 251
ISBN 0822325152
Language English, Spanish, and French
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DIVExamines constructions of racial identity through the exploration of passing narratives including Black Like Me and forties jazz musician Mezz Mezzrow’s memoir Really the Blues./div

Articulating Rights by Alison Marie Parker

Title Articulating Rights
Author Alison Marie Parker
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2010
Category History
Total Pages 290
ISBN UOM:39076002866148
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this original study of six notable reformers, Alison Parker skillfully illuminates the connections between the gradual transformation of reform strategies over the course of the nineteenth century and the political ideas of the reformers themselves. Parker argues that American women's political thought evolved from an emphasis on reform through moral suasion and local control into an endorsement of expanded federal power and a strong central state. This book reveals Fanny Wright, Sarah Grimké, Angelina Grimké Weld, Frances Watkins Harper, Frances Willard, and Mary Church Terrell to be political thinkers who were engaged in re-conceptualizing the relationship between the state and its citizens. Collectively and individually, black women made a significant contribution to the shift toward an activist central state by strongly supporting a federal government with expanded authority to protect and enforce civil rights. Offering profiles of two black reformers, Parker explores the complex role that race played in the political thought and strategies in both black and white women reformers. Paying particular attention to the ways in which women's ideas about the state and citizenship factored into their struggles for racial and sexual equality, Parker illuminates the wide-ranging and creative ways in which they engaged in politics. For scholars interested in nineteenth-century women, race, or reform in American history, this significant study offers a fresh take on these vital topics.

Title Passing Fancies in Jewish American Literature and Culture
Author Judith Ruderman
Publisher Indiana University Press
Release Date 2019-02-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 280
ISBN 9780253036995
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Passing Fancies Judith Ruderman takes on the fraught question of who passes for Jewish in American literature and culture. In today’s contemporary political climate, religious and racial identities are being reconceived as responses to culture and environment, rather than essential qualities. Many Jews continue to hold conflicting ideas about their identity—seeking, on the one hand, deep engagement with Jewish history and the experiences of the Jewish people, while holding steadfastly, on the other hand, to the understanding that identity is fluid and multivalent. Looking at a carefully chosen set of texts from American literature, Ruderman elaborates on the strategies Jews have used to "pass" from the late 19th century to the present—nose jobs, renaming, clothing changes, religious and racial reclassification, and even playing baseball. While traversing racial and religious identities has always been a feature of America’s nation of immigrants, Ruderman shows how the complexities of identity formation and deformation are critically relevant during this important cultural moment.

Title America History and Life
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category Canada
Total Pages 86
ISBN STANFORD:36105131533734
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.

Title Divergent Visions Contested Spaces
Author Jeffrey Hotz
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 318
ISBN UOM:39015064862611
Language English, Spanish, and French
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First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.