The Resource Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination, Toni Morrison

Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination, Toni Morrison

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Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination
Title
Playing in the dark
Title remainder
whiteness and the literary imagination
Statement of responsibility
Toni Morrison
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison brings the genius of a master writer to this personal inquiry into the significance of African-Americans in the American literary imagination. Her goal, she states at the outset, is to "put forth an argument for extending the study of American literature...draw a map, so to speak, of a critical geography and use that map to open as much space for discovery, intellectual adventure, and close exploration as did the original
  • charting of the New World--without the mandate for conquest." Author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and other vivid portrayals of black American experience, Morrison ponders the effect that living in a historically racialized society has had on American writing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She argues that race has become a metaphor, a way of referring to forces, events, and forms of social decay, economic division, and human panic. Her
  • compelling point is that the central characteristics of American literature--individualism, masculinity, the insistence upon innocence coupled to an obsession with figurations of death and hell--are responses to a dark and abiding Africanist presence. Through her investigation of black characters, narrative strategies, and idiom in the fiction of white American writers, Morrison provides a daring perspective that is sure to alter conventional notions about American
  • literature. She considers Willa Cather and the impact of race on concept and plot; turns to Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville to examine the black force that figures so significantly in the literature of early America; and discusses the implications of the Africanist presence at the heart of Huckleberry Finn. A final chapter on Ernest Hemingway is a brilliant exposition of the racial subtext that glimmers beneath the surface plots of his fiction. Written with the artistic
  • vision that has earned her a preeminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morrison, Toni
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
William E. Massey, Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization
Series volume
1990
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Blacks in literature
  • Race in literature
Label
Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination, Toni Morrison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm24952905
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 91 pages
Isbn
9780674673779
Lccn
91039671
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24952905
  • (Sirsi) a161331
Label
Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination, Toni Morrison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm24952905
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 91 pages
Isbn
9780674673779
Lccn
91039671
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24952905
  • (Sirsi) a161331

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