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From Richard Wright to Toni Morrison: Ethics in Modern and Postmodern American Narrative

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"From Richard Wright to Toni Morrison: Ethics in Modern and Postmodern American Narrative studies the relationship of literature to contemporary ethical problems. Focusing on southern and Africa American writers, this book employs theoretical approaches from ethnicity studies, regional criticism, and postcolonial theory. It intends to insert a reading of ethics into the critical study of fictional and nonfictional narratives by Richard Wright, James Agee, Flannery O'Connor, Ernest J. Gaines, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Toni Morrison, and other
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"From Richard Wright to Toni Morrison: Ethics in Modern and Postmodern American Narrative studies the relationship of literature to contemporary ethical problems. Focusing on southern and Africa American writers, this book employs theoretical approaches from ethnicity studies, regional criticism, and postcolonial theory. It intends to insert a reading of ethics into the critical study of fictional and nonfictional narratives by Richard Wright, James Agee, Flannery O'Connor, Ernest J. Gaines, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Toni Morrison, and other modern and postmodern American writers."--BOOK JACKET.
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Folks (literature, Doshisha U., Japan) explores the relationship between literature and contemporary ethical problems, focusing on southern US and African American writers, his special interest. Deploying theoretical approaches from ethnicity studies, regional criticism, and postcolonial theory, he inserts a reading of ethics in the critical study of fictional and nonfictional narratives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 "Last Call to the West": Richard Wright's The Color Curtain 19
2 James Agee's Quest for Forgiveness in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men 31
3 James Agee's Fashioning of Guilt: The Morning Watch 45
4 Ernest J. Gaines's Ideal of Community in A Gathering of Old Men 57
5 A Meditation on History and Ethics: Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying 67
6 Henry Roth's Narratives of Captivity 79
7 Physical Disability and the Sacramental Community in Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge 95
8 Race, Class, and Redemption in Walker Percy's The Last Gentleman 107
9 The Risks of Membership: Richard Ford's The Sportswriter 121
10 Representing the Subaltern Figure in William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner and Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 135
11 Obligations of the Dispossessed: The Ethical Vision of Kaye Gibbons's Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman 151
12 Language and Cultural Authority in Toni Morrison's Jazz 163
Bibliography 179
Index 193
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