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Legal Fictions : Constituting Race, Composing Literature.

Author: Karla FC Holloway
Publisher: Duke University Press, 2013.
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In Legal Fictions, Karla FC Holloway both argues that U.S. racial identity is the creation of U.S. law and demonstrates how black authors of literary fiction have engaged with the law's constructions of race since the era of slavery. Exploring the resonance between U.S. literature and U.S. jurisprudence, Holloway reveals Toni Morrison's Beloved and Charles Johnson's Middle Passage as stories about personhood and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karla FC Holloway
ISBN: 1306329469 9781306329460 9780822377054 0822377055
OCLC Number: 868275963
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface; Introduction: Bound by Law; Intimate Intersectionalities-Scalar Recollections; Public Fictions, Private Facts; Simile as Precedent; Property, Contract, and Evidentiary Values; One: The Claims of Property: On Being and Belonging; The Capital in Question; Imagined Liberalism; Mapping Racial Reason; Being in Place: Landscape, Never Inscape; Two: Bodies as Evidence (of Things Not Seen); Secondhand Tales and Hearsay; Black Legibility-Can I Get a Witness?; Trying to Read Me; Three: Composing Contract; "A novel-like tenor"; Passing and Protection; A Secluded Colored Neighborhood. Epilogue: When and Where "All the Dark-Glass Boys" EnterA Contagion of Madness; Notes; References; Acknowledgments; Index.

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In Legal Fictions, Karla FC Holloway both argues that U.S. racial identity is the creation of U.S. law and demonstrates how black authors of literary fiction have engaged with the law's constructions of race since the era of slavery. Exploring the resonance between U.S. literature and U.S. jurisprudence, Holloway reveals Toni Morrison's Beloved and Charles Johnson's Middle Passage as stories about personhood and property, David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man as structured by evidence law, and Nella Larsen's Passing as intimately related to contract law. H.

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