What Else but Love?: The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison

What Else but Love?: The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison

by Philip Weinstein


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231102766
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/12/1996
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

Minrose C. Gwin, University of New Mexico

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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