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.
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