Subjectivity In The American Protest Novel

Hardcover | February 15, 2011

byKimberly S. Drake, Kimberly S Drake

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In the first major study of the twentieth-century American protest novel, Kimberly S. Drake examines a group of authors who self-consciously exploited the revolutionary potential of the novel. These works transformed literary conventions concerning art and politics, readers, and characters. This project draws upon a range of cultural studies concepts to take a fresh look at Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Tillie Olsen, Chester Himes, and Sarah Wright.

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In the first major study of the twentieth-century American protest novel, Kimberly S. Drake examines a group of authors who self-consciously exploited the revolutionary potential of the novel. These works transformed literary conventions concerning art and politics, readers, and characters. This project draws upon a range of cultural s...

Kimberly S. Drake is Director of the Writing Program and Visiting Associate Professor at Scripps College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.4 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230107168

ISBN - 13:9780230107168

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Table of Contents

Protest Literature in the U.S.: Determinism, Double Consciousness, and the Construction of Subjectivity * Rape, Repression, and Remainder in Wright’s Early Novels: Toward a Theory of African-American Trauma * "Women on the Go": Double Consciousness, Domesticity, and Street Culture in Ann Petry’s Fiction * “You Make Your Children Sick”: Dirt, Domesticity, and Working-Class Female Identity in Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio and Sarah Wright’s This Child’s Gonna Live

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“Readers will welcome this book into the academy, for it captures the intellectual scholarship of “black textualities and psychoanalysis,” especially of familiar and classic African American female and male characters.”-- Hazel Arnett Ervin, Fulbright Scholar and UNCF/Mellon Fellow and editor of African American Literary Criticism; The Handbook of African American Literature; Ann Petry: A Bio-Bibliography; Ann Petry’s Short Fiction: Critical Essays(with Hilary Holladay) and The Critical Responses to Ann Petry