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Racial myths and masculinity in African American literature

Author: Jeffrey B Leak
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature, Jeffrey B. Leak identifies some of the long-held myths and stereotypes that persist in the work of black writers from the nineteenth century to the present - intellectual inferiority, criminality, sexual prowess, homosexual emasculation, and cultural deprivation. Utilizing Robert B. Stepto's call-and-response theory, Leak studies four pairs of novels  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey B Leak
ISBN: 157233357X 9781572333574 1572333588 9781572333581
OCLC Number: 55066966
Description: 160 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A crisis in the male spirit : slavery, masculinity, and the myth of Black inferiority in Charles Johnson's Oxherding tale and Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass --
A conflict between the ideological and the biological : the myth of Black sexual prowess in Brent Wade's Company man and Ralph Ellison's Invisible man --
I want him to be a man : incarceration and the myth of Black criminality in Ernest J. Gaines's A lesson before dying and Richard Wright's Native son --
It's time you learned the truth about a few things : masculinity and the myth of cultural depravation in David Bradley's The Chaneysville incident and Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon.
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"In Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature, Jeffrey B. Leak identifies some of the long-held myths and stereotypes that persist in the work of black writers from the nineteenth century to the present - intellectual inferiority, criminality, sexual prowess, homosexual emasculation, and cultural deprivation. Utilizing Robert B. Stepto's call-and-response theory, Leak studies four pairs of novels within the context of certain myths, identifying the literary tandems between them and seeking to discover the source of our culture's psychological preoccupation with black men."--Jacket.

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