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Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association

Jonathan W. Gray

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036491
eISBN:
9781621030539
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036491.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The statement, “The Civil Rights Movement changed America,” though true, has become something of a cliche. This book seeks to determine how, exactly, the Civil Rights Movement changed the literary ... More


Jazz Internationalism: Literary Afro-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Black Music

John Lowney

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041334
eISBN:
9780252099939
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041334.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Jazz Internationalism argues for the critical significance of jazz in Afro-modernist literature, from the beginning of the Great Depression through the radical social movements of the 1960s. Through ... More


Speaking of Abjection: White Writing and Black Resistance in Kathryn Stockett’s

Gregory S. Jay

in White Writers, Race Matters: Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190687229
eISBN:
9780190687250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687229.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The genre of the white liberal race novel was revived in 2009 by Stockett’s bestseller and its high-profile Hollywood film version. Much controversy broke out over the novel’s depiction of black ... More


“Only Tired I Was, Was Tired of Giving In”: Rosa Parks, Magical Negroes, and the Whitewashing of Black Struggle

David Ikard

in Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226492469
eISBN:
9780226492773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226492773.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Focusing on Rosa Parks's attempt to set the record straight about her iconic act of civil disobedience on a Birmingham bus, this chapter engages how the magical negro trope operates to whitewash ... More


Introduction

John Lowney

in Jazz Internationalism: Literary Afro-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Black Music

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041334
eISBN:
9780252099939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041334.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

There have been a number of outstanding studies that articulate the importance of black music for “Afro-modernist” literary production since Paul Gilroy’s seminal The Black Atlantic: Modernity and ... More


love: An Elegy for the African American Community, or The Unintended Consequences of Desegregation/Integration

Lucille P. Fultz

in Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460193
eISBN:
9781626740419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

African Americans coming of age after the civil rights movement gained access to opportunities previously denied former generations. But the opportunities available to the “Joshua generation” came at ... More


Ralph Ellison’s <i>Three Days</i>: The Aesthetics of Political Change

Timothy Parrish

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Timothy Parrish’s “Ralph Ellison’s Three Days: The Aesthetics of Political Change” argues that in Three Days, Ellison transcends the novel form, becoming an epic poet through prose that resembled ... More


Queer Children and Representative Men: Harper Lee’s

Gregory S. Jay

in White Writers, Race Matters: Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190687229
eISBN:
9780190687250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687229.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

No novel since Uncle Tom’s Cabin achieved the celebrity and cultural impact of To Kill a Mockingbird in regards to race in America. The chapter explores Lee’s youthful experiments in writing and ... More


Introduction: Toward a Literary History of Racial Liberalism

Gregory S. Jay

in White Writers, Race Matters: Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190687229
eISBN:
9780190687250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687229.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The introduction argues that a tradition of liberal white race fiction has been a key component of American literary history. It surveys scholarship defining “racial liberalism” and “racial ... More


To Make a Humanist Black: Toni Wofford’s Howard Years

Dana A. Williams

in Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460193
eISBN:
9781626740419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Acknowledging editors as “curators of culture,” this essay exams Morrison’s editorship and facilitates the unraveling of the crucial, intently politicized elements of black intellectual and cultural ... More


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