The American Protest Essay and National Belonging: Addressing Division

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2007 Trade paperback Illustrated. New. No dust jacket as issued. GIFT-QUALITY new softcover. Perfect condition. Swift dispatch. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 222 p. ... Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. The American Protest Essay and National Belonging uncovers a rich tradition of essays by writers who also serve as spokespersons for American social movements throughout the nation's history. Brian Norman demonstrates that the American protest essay is a distinct form that draws from both the European-born personal essay and American political oratory anchored in social movements. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Explores the role of the literary protest essay in addressing social divisions in the United States.
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Editorial Reviews

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“With such an ambitious agenda, Norman’s book is, from the beginning, an exercise in prolepsis: its project is so rich that it must inevitably stand as a foundation for many books to come.” — Callaloo

“…a useful addition to our discussions on literary theory, rhetorical analysis, and social movement studies.” — SIGNS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791472361
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Norman is Assistant Professor of English at Loyola College in Maryland.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Concerning Division: Allegiance, Renunciation, and National Belonging

1. Toward an American Protest Essay Tradition

2. New Declarations of Independence: Three Feminist Re-visions of a Founding Document

3. The Addressed and the Redressed: Helen Hunt Jackson’s Protest Essay and the Protest Novel Tradition

4. The Art of Political Advocacy: James Baldwin, American Protest Essayist

5. Identity Politics, Collective Futures, and the Cross-Essay Conversations of Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Alice Walker

6. June Jordan and Transnational American Protest

Conclusion
Why the Essay?

Appendix
Printings of the Combahee River Collective, A Black Feminist Statement (April 1977)

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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