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American obscurantism. History and the visual in U.S. literature and film.

Author: Peter Lurie
Publisher: Kettering : Oxford University Press 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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American Obscurantism" engages the basis of these explorations in Poe and Melville, each of whom present notable occlusions in characters' racial understanding, an obtuseness or naivete that is expressed by a corresponding formal opacity. Such oblique historicity as the book describes allows a method at odds with - and implicitly critical of - the historicizing trend that marked literary studies in the wake of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Lurie
ISBN: 9780199797318 0199797315
OCLC Number: 1056195413
Description: 232 pages
Contents: ContentsDedicationAcknowledgements Introduction: Envisioning Obscurity: History, Racial Knowing, and the "Perfect Whiteness of the Snow"Chapter 1: Seeing in the Dark Houses: History and Obscurity in Light in August and Absalom, Absalom!Chapter 2 : "Orders from the House": American Historicism in The Shining Chapter 3: Fargo's Whitened Spaces: Race, History, and the Postmodern SublimeChapter 4: Queer Historicity in The BridgeConclusion: "Rememory," the Visual, and America's Future History: Race and the Digital TurnNotesWorks Cited Index
Responsibility: Peter Lurie.

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American Obscurantism argues for a salutary indirection in US culture. Critiquing the impulse to see history in seminal works like Griffith's Birth of a Nation and the residual positivism of New  Read more...

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