Starting from the identity politics slogan that "the personal is political," Moses explores the reinvention of identity in selected "dissenting fictions" by contemporary US authors. Her analysis spans: "the unbearable whiteness of being" and the Africanist presence in Russell Bank's ; the struggle for an embodied resistance against oppression in Toni Morrison's ; identity, masculinity, and desire in David Bradley's fiction; storytelling, history, and resistance in Leslie Marmon Silko's ; and the "queering class" of Leslie Feinberg's . Moses apparently is a freelance scholar, as no affiliation is cited. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Acknowledgments; Preface; Chapter 1: Introduction: The Dissenting Subject; Chapter 2: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being and the Africanist Presence in Russell Bank's Continental Drift; Chapter 3: Playing in History's Dark: The Struggle for Agency in Toni Morrison's Jazz; Chapter 4: Identity; Masculinity, and Desire in David Bradley's Fiction; Chapter 5: The Center of Power is Nothing: Storytelling, History and Resistance in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead; Chapter 6: Queering Class: Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues; Afterword: "Sabotage and Subversion, Then, Are This Book's Objectives"; Works Cited; Index.