Race-ing Representation: Voice, History, and Sexuality / Edition 288

Race-ing Representation: Voice, History, and Sexuality / Edition 288

by Kostas Myrsiades
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847688577

ISBN-13: 9780847688579

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847688579
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Culture and Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Race-ing Representation: Voice, History, Sexuality1
1Afrocentric Voices: Constructing Identities, (Dis)Placing Difference17
2White Noise: Toward a Pedagogy of Whiteness42
3Yes, Virginia, There Is an Answer77
4On Becoming an Ex-Colored Man: Postmodern Irony and the Extinguishing of Certainties in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man84
5The Veils of the Law: Race and Sexuality in Nella Larsen's Passing98
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 Practice119
7The Hybrid Terrain of Literary Imagination: Maryse Conde's Black Witch of Salem, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Hester Prynne, and Aime Cesaire's Heroic Poetic Voice141
8The Black Voice and the Language of the Text: Toni Morrison's Sula155
9From the Far Side of the Urban Frontier: The Detective Fiction of Chester Himes and Walter Mosley175
10"Building Up from Fragments": The Oral Memory Process in Some Recent African-American Written Narratives200
11Reconstructing Kin: Family, History, and Narrative in Toni Morrison's Beloved213
12"We Are Family: Miscegenation, Black Nationalism, Black Masculinity and the Black Gay Cultural Imagination231
13Women on Top, Boys on the Side, but Some of Us Are Brave: Blackness, Lesbianism, and the Visible247
Index265
Contributors279

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