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Race and White identity in southern fiction : from Faulkner to Morrison

Author: John N Duvall
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction explores a form of racial passing that has gone largely unnoticed. Duvall makes visible the means by which southern novelists repeatedly imagined their white characters as fundamentally black in some sense. Beginning with William Faulkner, Duvall traces a form of figurative and rhetorical masking in twentieth-century southern fiction that derives from whiteface  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John N Duvall
ISBN: 1403983879 9781403983879
OCLC Number: 156831959
Description: xix, 194 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: White face, Black performance --
Artificial negroes, White homelessness, and diaspora consciousness --
William Faulkner, whiteface, and Black identity --
Flannery O'Connor, (G)race, and colored identity --
John Barth, blackface, and invisible identity --
Dorothy Allison, "nigger trash," and miscegenated identity --
Black writing and whiteface.
Responsibility: John N. Duvall.
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"Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction explores a form of racial passing that has gone largely unnoticed. Duvall makes visible the means by which southern novelists repeatedly imagined their white characters as fundamentally black in some sense. Beginning with William Faulkner, Duvall traces a form of figurative and rhetorical masking in twentieth-century southern fiction that derives from whiteface minstrelsy. In the fiction of such subsequent writers as Flannery O'Connor, John Barth, Dorothy Allison, and Ishmael Reed, the reader sees characters who present a whiteface to the world, even as they unconsciously perform cultural blackness. These queer performances of race repeatedly reveal that being merely Caucasian is insufficient to claim Southern Whiteness."--BOOK JACKET.

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