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Act like you know : African-American autobiography and white identity

Act like you know : African-American autobiography and white identity

Author: Crispin Sartwell
Publisher: Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Black autobiographical discourses, from the earliest slave narratives to the most contemporary urban raps, have each in their own way gauged and confronted the character of white society." Sartwell analyses these African American writings and gains a unique perspective on and picture of white identity.--Back cover

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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sartwell, Crispin, 1958-
Act like you know.
Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 1998
(DLC) 97049139
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Crispin Sartwell
OCLC Number: 1145774895
Description: 1 online resource (x, 212 pages)
Contents: Truth and concealment in slave narratives --
Veil and vision: knowledge in Du Bois --
Division and disintegration: Malcolm X on the self --
Freedom and fragmentation: the art of Zora Neale Hurston --
Rap music and the uses of stereotype.
Responsibility: Crispin Sartwell.
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Taking as his starting point African-American autobiography, Crispin Sartwell argues that there is a fundamental elusiveness to white identity. This theory is based on the concept that whiteness  Read more...


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