Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers between the Nation and the World

Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers between the Nation and the World

by Eve Dunbar

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439909430
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2012
Edition description: American Literatures Initiative
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Eve Dunbar is Associate Professor of English at Vassar College.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

1 Becoming American through Ethnographic Writing: Zora Neale Hurston and the Performance of Ethnography 16

2 Escape through Ethnography: Literary Regionalism and the Image of Nonracial Alignment in Richard Wright's Travel Writing 58

3 Deconstructing the Romance of Ethnography: Queering Knowledge in James Baldwin's Another Country 91

4 Ethnography of the Absurd: Chester Himes's Detective Fiction and Counterimages of Black Life 126

Conclusion: Look Down! The Black Arts Affirmation of Place and the Refusal to Translate 153

Notes 173

Bibliography 193

Index 205

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