Race-ing Representation / Edition 1

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Overview

This collection takes on the problem of representing race in the context of a master language and culture. These essays discuss this problem in terms of the ongoing struggle to redefine the self as speaker, that is, to re-construe our understanding of history, sexuality, and speech itself in a continuing battle for self-definition. As a totality, these essays explode the notion of race as a natural boundary between groups and pose a variety of possible constructions that force us to accept race not as a category, but as a practice. Kostas and Linda Myrsiades have brought together scholars whose varied essays explore the issues of voice, history, and sexuality in such diverse venues as detective fiction, the Clarence Thomas hearings, the witches of Salem, the Harlem Renaissance, and the work of Toni Morrison, demonstrating that resistance to race-ing is both meaningfully engaged as a cultural possibility and rewritten as a linguistic practice.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
A thought-provoking, rewarding read . . .
This collection of critical essays on the subject of race and representation is most notable in its appretiation for complexities among and within peoples grouped by virtue of race, class, sexual identity, nationality, sex, and any other category by essentialist thinkers.
— J. Tharp, University of Wisconsin Colleges
College Literature
Race-ing Representation provides an instructive mix of topics and approaches. Intelligent and provocative essays... strong, supple, detailed...
— Peter Schmidt, Swarthmore College
College English
Many of the essays in the volume offer useful meditaions on race-ing.
CHOICE - J. Tharp
A thought-provoking, rewarding read . . .
This collection of critical essays on the subject of race and representation is most notable in its appretiation for complexities among and within peoples grouped by virtue of race, class, sexual identity, nationality, sex, and any other category by essentialist thinkers.
Peter McLaren
This wide-ranging collection of essays raises an array of critical questions surrounding culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation at a time when inequality and exploitation are increasing worldwide. The essays are innovative, nuanced, and thought-provoking and constitute an exceptional combination of cultural analysis and political critique. A provocative and important work.
College Literature - Peter Schmidt
Race-ing Representation provides an instructive mix of topics and approaches. Intelligent and provocative essays... strong, supple, detailed...
CHOICE, Vol. 36 No.1 - University of Wisconsin J.Tharp
This collection of critical essays on the subject of the race and representation is most notable in its appreciation for complexities among and within peoples grouped by virtue of race, class, sexual identity , nationality, sex, and other category courted by essentialist thinkers.
J. Tharp
A thought-provoking, rewarding read . . . This collection of critical essays on the subject of race and representation is most notable in its appretiation for complexities among and within peoples grouped by virtue of race, class, sexual identity, nationality, sex, and any other category by essentialist thinkers.
Peter McLaren
This wide-ranging collection of essays raises an array of critical questions surrounding culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation at a time when inequality and exploitation are increasing worldwide. The essays are innovative, nuanced, and thought-provoking and constitute an exceptional combination of cultural analysis and political critique. A provocative and important work.
Booknews
Thirteen essays move towards an understanding of race as a verb or process of construction rather than a noun or form of identity. Themes include explorations of origin through Afrocentric theory; the seductiveness and panic involved in "passing"; the construction of "whiteness"; body politics as cultural texts; the economics of lynch law; Frederick Turner's frontier thesis as applied to urbanity; and how the resistance to race-ing by the dominant culture is engaged in literature and films. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847688562
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Culture and Education Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Kostas Myrsiades is professor of English at West Chester University Linda Myrsiades is associate professor of English at West Chester University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Race-ing Representation: Voice, History, Sexuality 1
1 Afrocentric Voices: Constructing Identities, (Dis)Placing Difference 17
2 White Noise: Toward a Pedagogy of Whiteness 42
3 Yes, Virginia, There Is an Answer 77
4 On Becoming an Ex-Colored Man: Postmodern Irony and the Extinguishing of Certainties in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man 84
5 The Veils of the Law: Race and Sexuality in Nella Larsen's Passing 98
6 "A Woman Speaks... I am Woman and Not White": Politics of Voice, Tactical Essentialism, and Cultural Intervention in Audre Lorde's Activist Poetics and Practice 119
7 The Hybrid Terrain of Literary Imagination: Maryse Conde's Black Witch of Salem, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Hester Prynne, and Aime Cesaire's Heroic Poetic Voice 141
8 The Black Voice and the Language of the Text: Toni Morrison's Sula 155
9 From the Far Side of the Urban Frontier: The Detective Fiction of Chester Himes and Walter Mosley 175
10 "Building Up from Fragments": The Oral Memory Process in Some Recent African-American Written Narratives 200
11 Reconstructing Kin: Family, History, and Narrative in Toni Morrison's Beloved 213
12 "We Are Family: Miscegenation, Black Nationalism, Black Masculinity and the Black Gay Cultural Imagination 231
13 Women on Top, Boys on the Side, but Some of Us Are Brave: Blackness, Lesbianism, and the Visible 247
Index 265
Contributors 279
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