Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity [NOOK Book]

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Raising the Dead is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary exploration of death’s relation to subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature and culture. Sharon Patricia Holland contends that black subjectivity in particular is connected intimately to death. For Holland, travelling through “the space of death” gives us, as cultural readers, a nuanced and appropriate metaphor for understanding what is at stake when bodies, discourses, and communities collide.
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Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity

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Overview

Raising the Dead is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary exploration of death’s relation to subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature and culture. Sharon Patricia Holland contends that black subjectivity in particular is connected intimately to death. For Holland, travelling through “the space of death” gives us, as cultural readers, a nuanced and appropriate metaphor for understanding what is at stake when bodies, discourses, and communities collide.
Holland argues that the presence of blacks, Native Americans, women, queers, and other “minorities” in society is, like death, “almost unspeakable.” She gives voice to—or raises—the dead through her examination of works such as the movie Menace II Society, Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead, Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits, and the work of the all-white, male, feminist hip-hop band Consolidated. In challenging established methods of literary investigation by putting often-disparate voices in dialogue with each other, Holland forges connections among African-American literature and culture, queer and feminist theory.
Raising the Dead will be of interest to students and scholars of American culture, African-American literature, literary theory, gender studies, queer theory, and cultural studies.
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Emory Elliott
A thorough, challenging, and compelling investigation of the themes of subjectivity, death, and their interrelation in twentieth-century American literature and culture.
—(Emory Elliott, University of California, Riverside)
George Lipsitz
Raising the Dead is a tour de force filled with provocative, original, and imaginative observations and insights. Sharon Holland draws on a dazzling range of influences and interprets an impressive array of diverse cultural forms as she asks and answers crucial questions about ancestry, origins, and heritage in African American and Native American life and culture.
—(George Lipsitz, University of California, San Diego)
Wahneema Lubiano
A work of theoretical power and brilliant interpretive prowess.
—(Wahneema Lubiano, Duke University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822380382
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2000
  • Series: New Americanists
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet the Author

Sharon Patricia Holland is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Raising the Dead 1
Pt. 1 Imaginative Places, White Spaces: If Only the Dead Could Speak
1 Death and the Nation's Subjects 13
2 Bakulu Discourse: Bodies Made "Flesh" in Toni Morrison's Beloved 41
3 Telling the Story of Genocide in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead 68
Pt. 2 Dead Bodies, Queer Subjects
4 (Pro)Creating Imaginative Spaces and Other Queer Acts: Randall Kenan's A Visitation of Spirits and Its Revival of James Baldwin's Absent Black Gay Man in Giovanni's Room 103
5 "From This Moment Forth, We Are Black Lesbians": Querying Feminism and Killing the Self in Consolidated's Business of Punishment 124
6 Critical Conversations at the Boundary between Life and Death 149
Epilogue: "I'm in the Zone": Bill T. Jones, Tupac Shakur, and the (Queer) Art of Death 175
Notes 183
Selected Bibliography 209
Index 227
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