On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley / Edition 1

On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley / Edition 1

by Gregory Stephens
ISBN-10:
0521643937
ISBN-13:
9780521643931
Pub. Date:
01/28/2011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley / Edition 1

Douglass, Ellison and Marley lived on racial frontiers. Their interactions with mixed audiences made them key figures in an interracial consciousness and culture, integrative ancestors who can be claimed by more than one group. An abolitionist who criticized black racialism; the author of Invisible Man, a landmark of modernity and black literature; a musician whose allegiance was to "God's side, who cause me to come from black and white." The lives of these three men illustrate how our notions of "race" have been constructed out of a repression of the interracial.

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ISBN-13: 9780521643931
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Interraciality in historical context; 2. Frederick Douglass as integrative ancestor: the consequences of interracial co-creation; 3. Invisible community: Ralph Ellison's vision of a multiracial ideal democracy; 4. Bob Marley's Zion: a trans-racial 'blackman redemption'.

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Charles Lemert

On Racial Frontiers is daring, compelling, and true to experience. Gregory Stephens breaks new ground by teaching us to think about the racial frontiers we live with but, all too often, refuse to discuss. Readers will come to think differently of Douglass, Ellison, and Marley—just as they will be challenged to reconsider their own relations to race.

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