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The Qur’an and American Politics

Kathleen M. Moore

in The Unfamiliar Abode: Islamic Law in the United States and Britain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195387810
eISBN:
9780199777242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387810.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter focuses on the semiotics of sacred texts, and specifically the Qur'an as a signifier of verity. It examines the cultural logic of symbols and public service, beginning with the small but ... More


Shaping the Culture

Douglas A Hicks

in With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195337174
eISBN:
9780199868407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337174.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores a particular application of the well-accepted view that effective leaders both understand and help shape their institution’s culture. Language and religious symbols make a vital ... More


Conclusion: Beyond Du Bois: Toward a Tradition of African American Pragmatic Religious Naturalism

Jonathon S. Kahn

in Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195307894
eISBN:
9780199867516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307894.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This concluding chapter begins to look beyond Du Bois for a larger tradition of African American pragmatic religious naturalism. Du Bois inaugurates this tradition, and this chapter argues that it ... More


Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas: Identity, Fate, and Character in Fools Rush in

Paul C. Taylor

in Ethics at the Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195320398
eISBN:
9780199869534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320398.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

In the 1997 film, Fools Rush In, a young Chicana (Selma Hayek) marries, divorces, and remarries a young Anglo businessman (Matthew Perry). The film uses this narrative, and the devices that the genre ... More


Race/Erasure: Douglass to Roth

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth: The Quest for Legibility in American Culture

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195157765
eISBN:
9780199787784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter focuses on the American dilemma of race, exploring the rise of a literary countertradition that privileges silence and dissimulation over candor and accessibility. Examples are Frederick ... More


Accidents Going Somewhere to Happen: African-American Self-Definition at Mid-Century

Steven Belletto

in No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Beginning with a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s more recent novel The Intuitionist (1999), chapter four covers a range of works, from the most influential African-American novels of mid-century, ... More


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

Marc C. Conner and Lucas E. Morel (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century offers fifteen original essays that seek to examine and re-examine Ellison’s life and work in the context of their meanings for our own ... More


“With Darkness Yet”: Chang‐rae Lee's Native Speaker, Blackness, and the Interethnic Imagination

Caroline Rody

in The Interethnic Imaginiation: Roots and Passages in Contemporary Asian American Fiction

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377361
eISBN:
9780199869558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377361.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter grapples with the place of blackness in Lee's ambitious first novel—both the book's relationships to African American precursors and its handling of African American characters—so as to ... More


American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

Black Hawk Hancock

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226043074
eISBN:
9780226043241
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

“Perhaps,” wrote Ralph Ellison more than seventy years ago, “the zoot suit contains profound political meaning; perhaps the symmetrical frenzy of the Lindy-hop conceals clues to great potential ... More


A Place Apart: The “New Ghetto” and the “Old Neighborhood”

Benjamin Looker

in A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226073989
eISBN:
9780226290454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290454.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Amid mounting public concern over the nation's simmering “urban crisis,” journalists, social scientists, and critics struggled to determine the relevance of received notions of neighborhood functions ... More


Alternative Readings of Bigger Thomas

Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh

in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813175164
eISBN:
9780813175195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Bigger Thomas, one of Richard Wright’s most memorable and distinctive fictional creations, has been interpreted in vastly different ways. This is partly because readers bring to Native Son different ... More


The Politics of Irony in American Modernism

Matthew Stratton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255450
eISBN:
9780823261086
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255450.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book shows how American literary culture in the first half of the twentieth century saw “irony” emerge as a term to describe intersections between aesthetic and political practices. Against ... More


Introduction: In the Shadows of Citizenship: African Americans and Democracy's Alterity

Ivy G. Wilson

in Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Politics in the Antebellum U.S.

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195337372
eISBN:
9780199896929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337372.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Beginning with a reading of a Sojourner Truth carte-de-visite and its epigrammatic phrasing, this introductory chapter prefigures Ralph Ellison's notion of the “shadow” and Jacques Derrida's notion ... More


Epilogue: Making the Invisible Visible

Robert Cassanello

in To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044194
eISBN:
9780813046495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044194.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History

The epilogue revisits the theoretical perspectives announced in the introduction and contextualizes the theme of invisibility and the color-line. It re-examines major black writers like James Weldon ... More


Introduction

Stephanie Brown

in The Postwar African American Novel: Protest and Discontent, 1945-1950

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739732
eISBN:
9781604739749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This Introduction examines and dismantles the received wisdom regarding African American literature and aims to restore to prominence some of Wright’s and Ellison’s overlooked but extraordinarily ... More


Figural Exhaustion: Parodying the Figures of Ethiopia

Roy Kay

in The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813037325
eISBN:
9780813041582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037325.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter demonstrates the ebb and flow of the figure of Ethiopia in nineteenth- and twentieth-century black American letters. During various moments in these centuries, the figure of Ethiopia was ... More


Paradise Lost?

Kenyon Gradert

in Puritan Spirits in the Abolitionist Imagination

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226694023
eISBN:
9780226694160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226694160.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores Herman Melville’s tragic vision of the Civil War and his mixed feelings toward abolitionists' Puritanical drive toward holy war, the most controversial facet of their legacy. It ... More


Elliptical Sound: Audibility and the Space of Reading1

Julie Beth Napolin

in Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474416368
eISBN:
9781474434591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416368.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter takes up the central categories of narrative theory to ask how they can be “sonified” through an attention to racial signifiers in text. The chapter argues that, in eliding the ... More


“We Used to Say ‘Stashed’ ”: Romare Bearden Paints the Blues

Robert G. O’Meally

in The Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195340501
eISBN:
9780199852215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340501.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses Romare Bearden, who acknowledged jazz as a formal influence and produced numerous collages on jazz- and blues-related topics throughout the 1970s and 1980s. This discussion of ... More


Ralph Ellison, Temporal Technologist

Michael Germana

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190682088
eISBN:
9780190682118
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190682088.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Ralph Ellison, Temporal Technologist examines Ralph Ellison’s body of work as an extended and ever-evolving expression of the author’s philosophy of temporality—a philosophy synthesized from the ... More


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