Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century

Hardcover | June 15, 2011

EditorWilliam Dow, Alice Mikal Craven

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Gathering some of the most important Wright scholarship in the world, along with perspectives from emerging Wright critics, Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century, explores new themes and theoretical orientations.  Essays center on modernism, racism and spatial dimensions, the transnational and political Wright, Wright and class, Wright and the American 1950s and 1960s, and some of the first analyses of Wright’s recently published A Fathers Law (2008). This dynamic collection combines literary and cultural theory with methods of archival research to provide an expanded vision of Wright’s impact on thinking in the twenty-first century.

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Gathering some of the most important Wright scholarship in the world, along with perspectives from emerging Wright critics, Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century, explores new themes and theoretical orientations.  Essays center on modernism, racism and spatial dimensions, the transnational and political Wright, Wright and cl...

Alice Mikal Craven is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Film Studies at the American University of Paris. Her articles have appeared in the Tamkang Review and Shakespeare.  William Dow is Professor of American Literature at the Université Paris-Est (Marne-la-Vallée) and teaches at The American University of Paris. He i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.58 × 5.78 × 0.88 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230112811

ISBN - 13:9780230112810

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“Richard Wright is a welcome addition to Wright scholarship, especially the essays that explore the inflections of social justice in Wright’s global vision and transnational modernism or offer provocative readings of individual texts, such as A Father’s Law. The volume establishes the continuing importance of Wright’s perspectives in literary and cultural studies today through a renewed engagement in comparative frameworks with his fiction and non-fiction from the 1940s and the 1950s.”--Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University “Richard Wright’s role in the history of our present is the beating heart of this indispensable collection of essays.  By paying much needed attention to his late and unpublished writings, neglected details of his exile from the United States, and his influence on contemporaries as diverse as Carson McCullers and George Lamming, these essays reveal Wright as a revolutionary prophet of the Global South, the transatlantic diaspora, and the postcolonial world.  Wright resurfaces here as a rogue fugitive of capitalist modernity: the man who thankfully knew too much.”--Bill V. Mullen, Professor of English and American Studies, Purdue University