Neo-Slave Narratives: Studies in the Social Logic of a Literary Form

Neo-Slave Narratives: Studies in the Social Logic of a Literary Form

by Ashraf H. A. Rushdy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195125339

ISBN-13: 9780195125337

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

NeoSlave Narratives is a study in the political, social, and cultural content of a given literary form—the novel of slavery cast as a first-person slave narrative. After discerning the social and historical factors surrounding the first appearance of that literary form in the 1960s, NeoSlave Narratives explores the complex relationship between nostalgia and

Overview

NeoSlave Narratives is a study in the political, social, and cultural content of a given literary form—the novel of slavery cast as a first-person slave narrative. After discerning the social and historical factors surrounding the first appearance of that literary form in the 1960s, NeoSlave Narratives explores the complex relationship between nostalgia and critique, while asking how African American intellectuals at different points between 1976 and 1990 remember and use the site of slavery to represent the crucial cultural debates that arose during the sixties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195125337
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Race and American Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1720L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Master Texts and Slave Narratives: Race, Form, and Intertextuality in the Field of Cultural Production3
2Toward 1968: The Discourse in Formation23
3The Discourse Mobilized: The Debate over William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner54
4The Possession of Resistance: Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada96
5Meditations on Story: Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose132
6Serving the Form, Conserving the Order: Charles Johnson's Oxherding Tale167
7Revising the Form, Misserving the Order: Charles Johnson's Middle Passage201
8Conclusion227
Notes233
Index277

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