Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination

Toni Morrison

Morrison ponders the effect that living in a historically racialized society has had on American writing in the 19th and 20th 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 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 daringly original perspective that aims 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 examines 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 an exposition of the racial subtext that glimmers beneath the surface plots of his fiction.

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書名 Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination
著作者等 Morrison, Toni
シリーズ名 The William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization
出版元 Harvard University Press
刊行年月 c1992
ページ数 xiii, 91 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0674673778
NCID BA1432538X
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国