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Consciousness of FBI Ghostreading Fills a Deep and Characteristic Vein of African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This part argues that Afro-modernist literature “pre-responded” to FBI inspection, internalizing the likelihood of Bureau ghostreading and publicizing its implications with growing bluntness and ... More


Floating Facts on a Sea of Emotion: The Literary Journalism of Richard Wright

William Dow

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/9780813175164.003.0015
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Richard Wright’s journalism has been largely unexamined by Wright scholars. He has never been studied as a literary journalist and rarely placed in an African American tradition of journalism. ... More


Richard Wright: The “Nature” of Politics, The “Politics” of Nature

James B. Haile III

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/9780813175164.003.0017
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Richard Wright is an African American writer traditionally read within the American (and Western) literary realist framework. There is, though, a growing body of scholarship around his later haiku ... More


Reading Richard Wright beyond the Carceral State: The Politics of Refusal in Black Radical Imagination

Laura Grattan

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/9780813175164.003.0020
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter by Laura Grattan offers an alternative to critics and admirers who equate Wright’s resistance to white supremacy and capitalism with either ressentiment or violence. Drawing on Native ... More


Richard Wright and the Critique of Class Theory

Cedric J. Robinson

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/9780813175164.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Cedric J. Robinson’s previously published essay discusses how Wright’s art expresses both the terrors and the possibilities of modern times. According to Robinson, Wright’s choices of literary forms ... More


Richard Wright and Black Women: Imagining the Feminine in The Outsider

Floyd W. Hayes III

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/9780813175164.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Floyd W. Hayes III begins his chapter with the argument that apart from the figure of Aunt Sue in Wright’s “Bright and Morning Star,” Wright’s male-centered narratives often treated women characters ... More


Worlds of Color

Dohra Ahmad

in Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195332766
eISBN:
9780199868124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332766.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter analyzes the utopian fiction of Pauline Hopkins and W. E. B. Du Bois. In response to a long-standing problem with emplacement, both authors use their fiction to manufacture idealized ... 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


Revisiting Richard Wright in Ghana: Black Radicalism and the Dialectics of Diaspora

Kevin Kelly Gaines

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/9780813175164.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Kevin Kelly Gaines’s reprinted essay on Wright’s Black Power reminds readers that Wright rejected the myth of a transhistorical, transnational black cultural unity. On this point, Wright’s thinking ... More


Slavery Continued, Freedom Sought: Wright’s Political Intellectual Journey

Jane Anna Gordon

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/9780813175164.003.0021
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Jane Anna Gordon argues that Wright, while stressing the economic legacies of racialized enslavement, also explored three features of slavery that have persisted since its formal abolition: (1) the ... More


Black America and the overthrow of the European colonial order: The tragic voice of Richard Wright

Bill Schwarz

in Cultures of Decolonisation: Transnational productions and practices, 1945-70

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719096525
eISBN:
9781526104335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719096525.003.0001
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

The chapter explores how Richard Wright, the great American author and black radical, in his concern with the dynamics of European decolonisation, envisaged the effects of the end of British rule ... More


He’s a Rapist, Even When He’s Not: Richard Wright’s Account of Black Male Vulnerability in the Raping of Willie McGee

Tommy J. Curry

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/9780813175164.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Tommy J. Curry considers Wright’s views on gender in terms of the historical reality of black males’ vulnerability to sexual violence at the hands of white men and white women. Curry explores ... More


Masculinity, Misogyny, and the Limits of Racial Community

Paul Gilroy

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/9780813175164.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This excerpt from Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic offers a different perspective on Wright’s thinking regarding relations between black men and women, and about the ability of black communities more ... More


Notes toward a Political Economy of Life and Death: Reading Richard Wright with Frantz Fanon

Abdul R. JanMohamed

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/9780813175164.003.0019
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Building on his previous analysis of the short stories in Wright’s anthology Uncle Tom’s Children, Abdul R. JanMohamed reflects on Wright’s gradual discovery of a close relationship between social ... More


Power & Profession: Richard Wright's Mississippi & Its Expatriate Legacies

Thadious M. Davis

in Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835210
eISBN:
9781469602554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869321_davis.6
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter is divided into three parts. The first tells us how generations of black writers benefited from Richard Nathaniel Wright directly and from the Federal Writers' Project, constituted in ... 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


Contesting Narratives of Failed Performance: Racial Identity and National Exceptionality

Brittany Powell Kennedy

in Between Distant Modernities: Performing Exceptionality in Francoist Spain and the Jim Crow South

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628461978
eISBN:
9781626744943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461978.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter builds upon what Paul Gilroy identifies as an inherent “double-consciousness” within modernity and exposes the performativity inherent in that experience, particularly within the racial ... More


“This Burden of Consciousness”: Richard Wright and the Psychology of Race Relations, 1927–1947

Gabriel N. Mendes

in Under the Strain of Color: Harlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453502
eISBN:
9781501701399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453502.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores Wright’s involvement in Communism and Marxism. Born in Jim Crow Mississippi in 1908 during the time of the Great Migration, Wright and his family settled in Chicago where he ... More


Introduction

Jane Anna Gordon and 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/9780813175164.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The introduction outlines major periods in Richard Wright’s intellectual life, emphasizing the similarities between the historical moment in which he wrote and the post-Obama period in which this ... More


Lonely Crusaders, Part I

Alan M. Wald

in American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835869
eISBN:
9781469601502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837344_wald.9
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on three African American writers of the Depression generation: Chester Himes, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright. Their respective Communist autobiographies—The Lonely Crusade ... More


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