The Coupling Convention : Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction

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Download or read book The Coupling Convention : Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction written by Ann duCille Associate Professor of English and African American Studies Wesleyan University and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 1993-10-19 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What does the tradition of marriage mean for people who have historically been deprived of its legal status? Generally thought of as a convention of the white middle class, the marriage plot has received little attention from critics of African-American literature. In this study, Ann duCille uses texts such as Nella Larsen's Quicksand (1928) and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) to demonstrate that the African-American novel, like its European and Anglo-American counterparts, has developed around the marriage plot--what she calls "the coupling convention." Exploring the relationship between racial ideology and literary and social conventions, duCille uses the coupling convention to trace the historical development of the African-American women's novel. She demonstrates the ways in which black women appropriated this novelistic device as a means of expressing and reclaiming their own identity. More than just a study of the marriage tradition in black women's fiction, however, The Coupling Convention takes up and takes on many different meanings of tradition. It challenges the notion of a single black literary tradition, or of a single black feminist literary canon grounded in specifically black female language and experience, as it explores the ways in which white and black, male and female, mainstream and marginalized "traditions" and canons have influenced and cross-fertilized each other. Much more than a period study, The Coupling Convention spans the period from 1853 to 1948, addressing the vital questions of gender, subjectivity, race, and the canon that inform literary study today. In this original work, duCille offers a new paradigm for reading black women's fiction.

Black Professional Women in Recent American Fiction

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ISBN 10 : 9780786481224
Pages : 227 pages
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Download or read book Black Professional Women in Recent American Fiction written by Carmen Rose Marshall and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-01-24 with total page 227 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The last three decades of the 20th century have marked the triumph of many black professional women against great odds in the workplace. Despite their success, few novels celebrate their accomplishments. Black middle-class professional women want to see themselves realistically portrayed by protagonists who work to achieve significant productivity and visibility in their careers, desire stability in their personal lives, aspire to accrue wealth, and live elegantly though not consumptively. The author contends that most recent American realistic fiction fails to represent black professional women protagonists performing their work effectively in the workplace. Identifying the extent to which contemporary novels satisfy the "readerly desires" of black middle-class women readers, this book investigates why the readership wants the texts, as well as what they prefer in the books they buy. It also examines the technical and cultural factors that contribute to the lack of books with self-empowered black professional female protagonists, and considers The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara and Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, two novels that function as significant markers in the development of contemporary black women writers' texts.

Black Stereotypes in Popular Series Fiction, 1851–1955

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ISBN 10 : 9781476616100
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Download or read book Black Stereotypes in Popular Series Fiction, 1851–1955 written by Bernard A. Drew and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-04-02 with total page 292 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Even well-meaning fiction writers of the late Jim Crow era (1900–1955) perpetuated racial stereotypes in their depiction of black characters. From 1918 to 1952, Octavus Roy Cohen turned out a remarkable 360 short stories featuring Florian Slappey and the schemers, romancers and ditzes of Birmingham’s Darktown for The Saturday Evening Post and other publications. Cohen said, “I received a great deal of mail from Negroes and I have never found any resentment from a one of them.” The black readership had to be satisfied with any black presence in the popular literature of the day. The best known white writers of black characters included Booth Tarkington (Herman and Verman in the Penrod books), Irvin S. Cobb (Judge Priest’s houseman Jeff Poindexter), Roark Bradford (Widow Duck, the plantation matriarch), Hugh Wiley (Wildcat Marsden, the war veteran who traveled the country in the company of his goat) and Charles Correll and Freeman Gosden (radio’s Amos ’n’ Andy). These writers deservedly declined in the civil rights era, but left a curious legacy that deserves examination. This book, focusing on authors of series fiction and particularly of humorous stories, profiles 29 writers and their black characters in detail, with brief entries covering 72 others.

Black Female Vampires in African American Women’s Novels, 1977–2011

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ISBN 10 : 9781498553186
Pages : 188 pages
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Download or read book Black Female Vampires in African American Women’s Novels, 1977–2011 written by Kendra R. Parker and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2018-11-09 with total page 188 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book critically situates the figure of the black female vampire within literary studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and critical race studies. It invites readers to take a closer look at the black female vampire figure and how that figure shapes and is shaped by cultural narratives about African American womanhood.

Psychoanalysis and Black Novels

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ISBN 10 : 9780195096835
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Download or read book Psychoanalysis and Black Novels written by Claudia Tate and published by Oxford University Press on Demand. This book was released on 1998 with total page 255 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Psychoanalytic theory is one of the most important tools in contemporary literary criticism, and this text argues that psychoanalytic paradigms can produce rich readings of African-American desire, alienation and subjectivity. It examines figures such as Freud and Lacan.

Black Fiction

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015046864016
Pages : 266 pages
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Download or read book Black Fiction written by A. Robert Lee and published by Barnes & Noble Imports. This book was released on 1980 with total page 266 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Literature and Politics Today: The Political Nature of Modern Fiction, Poetry, and Drama

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ISBN 10 : 9781610699365
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Download or read book Literature and Politics Today: The Political Nature of Modern Fiction, Poetry, and Drama written by M. Keith Booker and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2015-03-10 with total page 377 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Focusing on the intersection of literature and politics since the beginning of the 20th century, this book examines authors, historical figures, major literary and political works, national literatures, and literary movements to reveal the intrinsic links between literature and history. • Covers numerous authors from around the world ranging from the beginning of the 20th century to the modern era • Enables students to better understand literary works central to the curriculum by considering them in their political contexts • Helps readers to use literature in order to learn about modern political and social issues across cultures and better appreciate the political significance of contemporary writings • Contains a number of "gateway" entries that survey entire national literatures, thereby giving readers an introduction to the authors who are important within those literatures • Assists students in evaluating rhetorical strategies and political views, thus fostering critical thinking in support of the Common Core State Standards

Collegium Antropologicum

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ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105005552240
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Download or read book Collegium Antropologicum written by and published by . This book was released on 1991 with total page 922 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Systematic Catalogue of the Public Library of the City of Milwaukee

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Download or read book Systematic Catalogue of the Public Library of the City of Milwaukee written by Milwaukee Public Library and published by . This book was released on 1885 with total page 1030 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The American Novel After Ideology, 1961–2000

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ISBN 10 : 9781501361876
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Download or read book The American Novel After Ideology, 1961–2000 written by Laurie Rodrigues and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2020-12-10 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Claims of ideology's end are, on the one hand, performative denials of ideology's inability to end; while, on the other hand, paradoxically, they also reiterate an idea that 'ending' is simply what all ideologies eventually do. Situating her work around the intersecting publications of Daniel Bell's The End of Ideology (1960) and J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey (1961), Laurie Rodrigues argues that American novels express this paradox through nuanced applications of non-realist strategies, distorting realism in manners similar to ideology's distortions of reality, history, and belief. Reflecting the astonishing cultural variety of this period, The American Novel After Ideology, 1961 - 2000 examines Franny and Zooey, Carlene Hatcher Polite's The Flagellants (1967), Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead (1991), and Philip Roth's The Human Stain (2001) alongside the various discussions around ideology with which they intersect. Each novel's plotless narratives, dissolving subjectivities, and cultural codes organize the texts' peculiar relations to the post-ideological age, suggesting an aesthetic return of the repressed.

The Impact of Racism on African American Families

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ISBN 10 : 9781472415608
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Download or read book The Impact of Racism on African American Families written by Professor Paul C Rosenblatt and published by Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. This book was released on 2014-02-28 with total page 193 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In spite of the existence of statistics and numerical data on various aspects of African American life, including housing, earnings, assets, unemployment, household violence, teen pregnancy and encounters with the criminal justice system, social science literature on how racism affects the everyday interactions of African American families is limited. How does racism come home to and affect African American families? If a father in an African American family is denied employment on the basis of his race or a wife is demeaned at work by racist slurs, how is their family life affected? Given the lack of social science literature responding to these questions, this volume turns to an alternative source in order to address them: literature. Engaging with novels written by African American authors, it explores their rich depictions of African American family life, showing how these can contribute to our sociological knowledge and making the case for the novel as an object and source of social research. As such, it will appeal to scholars and students of the sociology of the family, race and ethnicity, cultural studies and literature.

The Publishers' Trade List Annual

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Download or read book The Publishers' Trade List Annual written by and published by . This book was released on 1882 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel

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ISBN 10 : 9781107132818
Pages : 335 pages
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Download or read book The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel written by Ato Quayson and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2016 with total page 335 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This Companion provides an engaging account of the postcolonial novel, from Joseph Conrad to Jean Rhys. Covering subjects from disability and diaspora to the sublime and the city, this Companion reveals the myriad traditions that have shaped the postcolonial literary landscape.

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

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ISBN 10 : 9780008522988
Pages : 464 pages
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Download or read book You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays written by Zora Neale Hurston and published by HarperCollins UK. This book was released on 2022-03-03 with total page 464 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ‘One of the greatest writers of our time.’ Toni Morrison ‘You Don’t Know Us Negroes adds immeasurably to our understanding of Hurston ... her words make it impossible for readers to consider her anything but one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century.’ The New York Times Book Review

American Book Publishing Record

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Download or read book American Book Publishing Record written by and published by . This book was released on 2006 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Authorship’s Wake

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ISBN 10 : 9781501367687
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Download or read book Authorship’s Wake written by Philip Sayers and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2020-12-10 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Authorship's Wake examines the aftermath of the 1960s critique of the author, epitomized by Roland Barthes's essay, “The Death of the Author.” This critique has given rise to a body of writing that confounds generic distinctions separating the literary and the theoretical. Its archive consists of texts by writers who either directly participated in this critique, as Barthes did, or whose intellectual formation took place in its immediate aftermath. These writers include some who are known primarily as theorists (Judith Butler), others known primarily as novelists (Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace), and yet others whose texts are difficult to categorize (the autofiction of Chris Kraus, Sheila Heti, and Ben Lerner; the autotheory of Maggie Nelson). These writers share not only a central motivating question – how to move beyond the critique of the author-subject – but also a way of answering it: by writing texts that merge theoretical concerns with literary discourse. Authorship's Wake traces the responses their work offers in relation to four themes: communication, intention, agency, and labor.

Liberation Memories

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ISBN 10 : 9780814339107
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Download or read book Liberation Memories written by Keith Gilyard and published by Wayne State University Press. This book was released on 2003-04-01 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: No serious history of the development of the African American novel from the 1950s onward can be written without reference to John Oliver Killens. A two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and founding chairman of the legendary Harlem Writers Guild, Killens was regarded by many as a spiritual father who inspired a generation of African American novelists with his politically charged works. And yet today he rarely receives proper critical attention. Seeking to strengthen our understanding of this important literary figure, Keith Gilyard departs from standard critical frameworks to reveal Killens’s novels as artful renderings of rich African American rhetorical forms and verbal traditions. Gilyard finds that many critics, adhering to ideals of art for art’s sake or narrative conciseness, are ill-equipped to appreciate the many ways in which Killens’s fiction succeeds. Rejecting the "pure art" position, Killens sought to articulate Black heroism particularly within a family or community context, offering a set of values he deemed liberatory. He focused on rendering noble and polemical characters, and his work represents a distinguished fusion of sociopolitical persuasion (rhetoric) and literary artifact (poetics). To help illuminate such novels as Youngblood (1954), And Then We Heard the Thunder (1962), and The Cotillion (1971), Gilyard examines Killens’s work as an essayist and cultural organizer, highlighting his activism. His life and literary production can be partly characterized, Gilyard suggests, by the African American jeremiad—a major rhetorical form in the Black intellectual tradition expressing faith that America’s destiny is to become an authentic, pluralistic democracy.