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Ashes taken for fire [electronic resource] : aesthetic modernism and the critique of identity / Kevin Bell.

Author/Creator:
Bell, Kevin, 1966-
Publication:
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (264 p.)
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Subjects:
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) -- United States.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) -- England.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Kevin Bell surveys fiction by Conrad, Woolf, Faulkner, West, Ellison, and Himes to argue that modernism exposes cultural identities such as blackness as mere strategies of conforming the self into belonging. For while blackness operates as a standard figural expression for disorientation, its presumably "voided" character is reprojected in this work as an immanent force of possibility and experimentation.
Contents:
Holographic ensemble : the death of doubt itself in The nigger of the "Narcissus"
Something savage, something pedantic : imaginary portraits of certitude in Jacob's room
Maladjusted phantasms : the ontological question of blackness in Light in August
The business of dreams : retailing presence in Miss Lonelyhearts
Chaos and surface in Invisible man
Assuming the position : fugitivity and futurity in the work of Chester Himes.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-245) and index.
ISBN:
0-8166-9889-9
OCLC:
476096177