Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America

Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America

by Kenneth Mostern
     
 

Why has autobiography been central to African-American political speech throughout the twentieth century? What is it about the racialization process that persistently places African-Americans in the position of speaking from personal experience? In Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America Kenneth Mostern illustrates the… See more details below

Overview

Why has autobiography been central to African-American political speech throughout the twentieth century? What is it about the racialization process that persistently places African-Americans in the position of speaking from personal experience? In Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America Kenneth Mostern illustrates the relationship between narrative and racial categories such as "colored," "Negro," "black," or "African American" in the work of writers such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson, Angela Davis, and bell hooks. This wide-ranging study will interest all those working in African-American studies, cultural studies, and literary theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521641142
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Cultural Margins Series, #7
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile:
1690L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Theorizing race, autobiography, and identity politics
1What is identity politics? Race and the autobiographical3
2African-American autobiography and the field of autobiography studies28
Pt. 2The politics of Negro self-representation
3Three theories of the race of W. E. B. Du Bois57
4The gender, race, and culture of anti-lynching politics in the Jim Crow era83
5Representing the Negro as proletarian112
Pt. 3The dialectics of home: gender, nation and blackness since the 1960s
6Malcolm X and the grammar of redemption137
7The political identity "woman" as emergent from the space of Black Power164
8Home and profession in black feminism189
Notes217
Works cited262
Index275

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