Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

by Owen E. Brady
     
 

ISBN-10: 1604730889

ISBN-13: 9781604730883

Pub. Date: 08/25/2008

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Essays by Owen E. Brady, Kelly C. Connelly, Juan F. Elices, Keith Hughes, Derek C. Maus, Jerrilyn McGregory, Laura Quinn, Francesca Canadé Sautman, Daniel Stein, Lisa B. Thompson, Terrence Tucker, and Albert U. Turner, Jr.

In Finding a Way Home, thirteen essays by scholars from four countries trace Walter Mosley's distinctive approach to

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Essays by Owen E. Brady, Kelly C. Connelly, Juan F. Elices, Keith Hughes, Derek C. Maus, Jerrilyn McGregory, Laura Quinn, Francesca Canadé Sautman, Daniel Stein, Lisa B. Thompson, Terrence Tucker, and Albert U. Turner, Jr.

In Finding a Way Home, thirteen essays by scholars from four countries trace Walter Mosley's distinctive approach to representing African American responses to the feeling of homelessness in an inhospitable America. Mosley (b. 1952) writes frequently of characters trying to construct an idea of home and wrest a sense of dignity, belonging, and hope from cultural and communal resources. These essays examine Mosley's queries about the meaning of "home" in various social and historical contexts. Essayists consider the concept--whether it be material, social, cultural, or virtual--in all three of Mosley's detective/crime fiction series (Easy Rawlins, Socrates Fortlow, and Fearless Jones), his three books of speculative fiction, two of his "literary" novels (RL's Dream, The Man in My Basement), and in his recent social and political nonfiction.

Essays here explore Mosley's modes of expression, his testing of the limitations of genre, his political engagement in prose, his utopian/dystopian analyses, and his uses of parody and vernacular culture. Finding a Way Home provides rich discussions, explaining the development of Mosley's work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604730883
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     VII
Introduction     IX
Abbreviations     XXV
Walter Mosley's RL's Dream and the Creation of a Blutopian Community   Daniel Stein     3
Socrates Fortlow's Odyssey: The Quest for Home and Self   Owen E. Brady     18
Walter Mosley, Socratic Method, and the Black Atlantic   Keith Hughes     30
Devil with the Blue Eyes: Reclaiming the Human against Pure Evil in Walter Mosley's The Man in My Basement   Francesca Canade Sautman     44
Easy Women: Black Beauty in Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins Mystery Series   Lisa B. Thompson     58
The Visible Man: Moving Beyond False Visibility in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Walter Mosley's-Easy Rawlins Novels   Kelly C. Connelly     70
Fearless Ezekiel: Alterity in the Detective Fiction of Walter Mosley   Jerrilyn McGregory     84
American Negroes Revisited: The Intellectual and The Badman in Walter Mosley's Fearless Jones Novels   Terrence Tucker     97
At Home on "These Mean Streets": Collaboration and Community in Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins Mystery Series   Albert U. Turner, Jr.     109
The Mouse Will Play: The Parodic in Walter Mosley's Fiction   Laura Quinn     121
Shadows of an Imminent Future: Walter Mosley's Dystopiaand Science Fiction   Juan F. Elices     133
Cyberfunk: Walter Mosley Takes Black to the Future   Derek C. Maus     148
Epilogue: Whither Walter? A Brief Overview of Mosley's Recent Work   Owen E. Brady   Derek C. Maus     161
Works Cited     177
Contributors     189
Index     193

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