Constructing the literary self : race and gender in twentieth-century literature / edited by Patsy J. Daniels.

Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
xvi, 253 pages ; 21 cm.
Self in literature.
Race in literature.
Gender identity in literature.
Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Construction of the self was once available only to the elite, and the freedom of some to define their identity was sacrificed so that others could make their own self-definitions. This volume is about that kind of oppression and strategies of escaping from oppression as depicted in serious literature. Its thirteen essays are divided into five categories: Race, Gender, and the Self; Assimilation and the Self; Black Males and the Self; Female Sexuality and the Self; and Family and the Self.
Part I : Race, gender, and the self
Empathy and metaphor : the critique and embrace of essentialist thought in Caryl Phillips's Cambridge / Helen F. Maxson
Deconstructing Katherine Anne Porter : "Strange fruit" in "The fig tree" / Patsy J. Daniels
Shakespeare's Othello : postmodern paradigm shifts and the American "other" / Everett G. Neasman
The walls are crumbling down : houses as death metaphors in Virginia Woolf's Orlando and To the lighthouse / Emily Clark
Part II : Assimilation and the self
Disidenitfication with the homogenizing and commodifying narratives of ethnicity in Han Ong's Fixer Chao / Youngsuk Chae
Lawson Fusao Inada, west coast jazz, and the politics of identity formation / Shawn P. Holliday
Part III : Black males and the self
Appropriate Blackness : Oreo dreams deferred in Charles Fuller's A soldier's play / Claude Wilkinson
"A friend of my mind" : strategies of Black male subjectivity in Beloved / Aaron N. Oforlea
Part IV : Female sexuality and the self
"The best stuff God did" : the rhetoric of same sex intimacy and egalitarian Christianity in Alice Walker's The color purple and Ann Allen Shockley's Say Jesus and come to me / Tara Tuttle
E(race)ing female sexuality : the discourse of incest and representations of womanhood in Harper Lee's To kill a mockingbird / Cameron E. Williams
Part V : The family and the self
Layers of identity formation in Ana Castill's Peel my love like an onion / Lucinda Channon
Division of maternal effort in Anne Enright's The gathering / Canids P. Pizzetta
When ethnicity, history, and parenting collide : mothering understood in Amy Tan's The kichen god's wife and Christina García's Dreaming in Cuban / Preselfannie W. McDaniels
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Daniels, Patsy J., 1944- editor of compilation.
9781443845304 (hbk.)
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