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What Else But Love?: The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison / Edition 1

What Else But Love?: The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison / Edition 1

by Philip M. Weinstein
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    ISBN-13: 2900231102758
    Publisher: Columbia University Press
    Publication date: 11/05/1996
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 237
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Philip M. Weinstein is Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English at Swarthmore College.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments xi
    Note on Texts and Abbreviations xv
    Introduction xvii
    Part 1. Beginnings 1(82)
    Personal Beginnings: Mammies and Mothers
    Historical Beginnings: Slavery
    Part 2. Legacies 83(50)
    "Mister": The Drama of Black Manhood in Faulkner and Morrison
    David and Solomon: Fathering Black and White
    Part 3. Encounters 133(52)
    "The Condition Our Condition Is In": Bedrock in Go Down, Moses and Song of Solomon
    Miscegenation and Might-Have-Been: Absalom, Absalom! and Jazz
    The Circulation of Social Energy: Race, Gender, and Value in Light in August and Beloved
    Conclusion 185(10)
    Notes 195(26)
    Works Cited 221(10)
    Index 231

    What People are Saying About This

    Minrose C. Gwin

    Weinstein not only excavates the deep layers of race, gender, and identity formation in novels by two of our most significant American fiction writers; he is also limning, with great care, some of the most divisive and explosive cultural issues in this country's history. At bottom his argument is that our greatest writers teach us about ourselves: who we were, who we are, who we might become.

    John Matthews

    Through the many brilliant moments of his cross-reading, Weinstein persuades us how unflinchingly the century's two greatest American novelists recall the history of racial slavery-the legacy that founds as it confounds our national experience, and how resourcefully they seek to imagine lives beyond the reach of its fatality.

    David Minter

    Phil Weinstein explores the novels of Toni Morrison and William Faulkner as they engage problems having to do with race, gender, and class. He does so, moreover, in language that is accessible and in ways that not only enrich our sense of the achievement of both writers but also subtly remind us that the problems they engage are important not because they are currently fashionable among literary critics but rather because they play vital roles in shaping the lives of writers and readers as well as fictional characters.

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