James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity

James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity

by Aaron Ngozi Oforlea

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ISBN-13: 9780814213285
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Edition description: 1
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Aaron Ngozi Oforlea is Associate Professor of English at Washington State University, Pullman.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Negotiating: "Innocence," "Romance," and the Discursive Divide 1

Chapter 1 "Help Me This Mornin's Bad": Songs, Narratives, and Other Rhetorical Acts in Beloved 44

Chapter 2 "My Witness Is in Heaven and My Record Is on High": Discoursing the Spiritual and the Secular in Go Tell It on the Mountain 74

Chapter 3 "Look at the Nigger!": Mimicry, the Black Male Artist, and Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone 97

Chapter 4 "My Great-Granddaddy Could Fly!": Negotiating Cultural History and Family Legacies in Song of Solomon 114

Chapter 5 "Promontory of Despair": Baldwin's Gay Sensibilities in If Beale Street Could Talk 145

Chapter 6 "Stop Loving Your Ignorance-It Isn't Lovable": Tar Baby and the Rhetoric of Responsibility 181

Coda Beyond Baldwin and Morrison 213

Bibliography 219

Index 235

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