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Playing In The Dark

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674673779
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Examines the effect of a racially divided society on ninteenth century American writings, and discusses works by Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Twain

Playing In The Dark

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307388638
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The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature. "By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America." --Chicago Tribune "Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer." The New York Times Book Review

Playing In The Dark

Author: Karina Jakubowicz
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351350889
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Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination is a seminal piece of literary criticism, and a masterclass in the critical thinking skill of interpretation. Interpretation plays a vital role in critical thinking: it focuses on interrogating accepted meanings and laying down clear definitions on which a strong argument can be built. Both history and literary history in the US have frequently revolved around understanding how Americans define themselves and each other, and Morrison's work seeks to investigate, question, and redefine one of the central concepts in American history and American literary history: color.. Morrison turned to the classics of American literature to ask how authors had chosen to define the terms 'black' and 'white.' Instead of accepting traditional interpretations of these works, Morrison examined the way in which 'whiteness' defines itself through 'blackness, ' and vice versa. Black bondage and the myths of black inferiority and savagery, she showed, allowed white America to indulge its own defining myths - viewing itself as free, civilized, and innocent. A classic of subtle and incisive interpretation, Playing in the Dark shows just how crucial and how complex simple-looking definitions can be.

Playing In The Dark

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: MacMillan
ISBN: 9780330330640
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Toni Morrison brings the genius of a master writer to this personal enquiry into the significance of African-Americans in the American literary imagination. Written with the artistic vision that has earned her a pre-eminent place among modern novelists, Playing in the Dark provides a daring new perspective that is sure to alter conventional notions about American literature. ‘Morrison’s reflections are vital not simply to conceptions of racial identity but also to those of American literary production . . . In these essays she examines “the impact of racism on those who perpetuate it” . . . Morrison’s daring – as a writer, a black woman – in addressing the issue in contemporary America is a measure of her integrity and courage’ Claire Messud, Guardian ‘The significance lies in the many permutations that her dazzling prose is able to work on the idea of white America’s “self-reflexive contemplation of fabricated, mythological Africanism” . . . Playing in the Dark is less a book for scholars than for the broad reading public – or those scholars, it should be added, who still doubt that race has been, and remains, a pervasive topic in the American imagination’ Eric J. Sundquist, Virginia Quarterly Review ‘Morrison’s real accomplishment is to recall the work of the true pioneers who first approached questions about race and imagination with urgency and rigorous open-mindedness’ New Republic

Conversations With Toni Morrison

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9780878056927
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Interviews from over the course of her career document Morrison's views about fiction, writing technique, and the role of the novelist

The Origin Of Others

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674976452
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What is race and why does it matter? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, fear, borders, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging. Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Toni Morrison’s most personal work of nonfiction to date.

What Moves At The Margin

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781604730173
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Collects nonfiction writings and speeches by the American author, on topics including family and history, writers and writing, and politics and society.

Race And The Modernist Imagination

Author: Urmila Seshagiri
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801448218
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Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.

What Was African American Literature

Author: Kenneth W. Warren
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674059565
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Warren argues, quite bluntly, that “African American literature” has outlived its relevance as the dominant category for poetry, fiction, and plays written by African Americans. Contradicting an influential portion of the field, which regards this literature as an emanation of vernacular expression going back to slavery, and even to Africa, Warren asserts that African American literature was the body of literature and criticism written by black Americans within and against the strictures of Jim Crow America. In arguing against the continued relevance of the category of African American literature, Warren is certainly not claiming that racism has ceased to exist. Rather, he says that while it continues to make a great difference in African American life, other social and political factors weigh heavily also - so much so that categories which take race as the fundamental unifying category of black expression no longer serve well in meeting the challenges of the moment. In this respect, Warren shows that “African American literature” is a category that has not sufficiently adjusted with our current material and ideological circumstances to warrant claims to a changing present or a provisional futurity. Warren argues that the presumptions and protocols of the category remain ossified within the past, within a definition that only shows how its primary arbiters and practitioners were themselves ossified as contradictory or compromised men of their time.

African American Literary Theory

Author: Winston Napier
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814758096
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Alongside the O.J. Simpson trial, the affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky now stands as the seminal cultural event of the 90s. Alternatively transfixed and repelled by this sexual scandal, confusion still reigns over its meanings and implications. How are we to make sense of a tale that is often wild and bizarre, yet replete with serious political and cultural implications? Our Monica, Ourselves provides a forum for thinking through the cultural, political, and public policy issues raised by the investigation, publicity, and Congressional impeachment proceedings surrounding the affair. It pulls this spectacle out of the framework provided by the conventions of the corporate news media, with its particular notions of what constitutes a newsworthy event. Drawing from a broad range of scholars, Our Monica, Ourselves considers Monica Lewinsky's Jewishness, Linda Tripp's face, the President's penis, the role of shame in public discourse, and what it's like to have sex as the president, as well as specific legal and historical issues at stake in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Thoughtful but accessible, immediate yet far reaching, Our Monica, Ourselves will change the way we think about the Clinton affair, while helping us reimagine culture and politics writ large. Contributors include: Lauren Berlant, Eric O. Clarke, Ann Cvetkovich, Simone Weil Davis, Lisa Duggan, Jane Gallop, Marjorie Garber, Janet R. Jakobsen, James R. Kincaid, Laura Kipnis, Tomasz Kitlinski, Pawel Leszkowicz, Joe Lockard, Catharine Lumby, Toby Miller, Dana D. Nelson, Anna Marie Smith, Ellen Willis, and Eli Zaretsky.