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Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual

Jermaine Singleton

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039621
eISBN:
9780252097713
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039621.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

A daring cultural and literary studies investigation, this book explores the legacy of unresolved grief produced by ongoing racial oppression and resistance in the United States. Using analysis of ... More


A Clearing beyond the Melancholic Haze: Staging Racial Grieving in Suzan-Lori Parks’s and Tony Kushner’s

Jermaine Singleton

in Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039621
eISBN:
9780252097713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039621.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Through an analysis of Suzan-Lori Parks's Venus and Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change, this chapter contemplates how cultural practice might be used to cut through and deactivate the unresolved ... More


The Melancholy of Faith: Reading the Gendered and Sexual Politics of Testifying in James Baldwin’s and

Jermaine Singleton

in Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039621
eISBN:
9780252097713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039621.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter addresses the question of how unresolved racial grief works through the demands of capital, racialization, and sacred ritual practice to enact a gender hierarchy. It thinks through James ... More


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