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Disturbing calculations : the economics of identity in postcolonial Southern literature, 1912-2002

Author: Melanie Benson Taylor
Publisher: Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, ©2008.
Series: New southern studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In fiction by a large, diverse group of authors, including William Faulkner, Anita Loos, William Attaway, Dorothy Allison and Lan Cao, Benson identifies a calculation-obsessed, anxiety-ridden discourse in which numbers are employed to determine social and racial hierarchies and establish individual worth and identity.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melanie Benson Taylor
ISBN: 9780820329727 082032972X 9780820331126 0820331120
OCLC Number: 180690017
Description: xi, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The fetish of number : narcissism, economics, and the twentieth century Southern ego --
The fetish of surplus value : reconstructing the white elite in Allen Tate, William Alexander Percy, William Faulkner, and Thomas Wolfe --
Stealing themselves out of slavery : African American Southerners in Richard Wright, William Attaway, James Weldon Johnson, and Zora Neale Hurston --
The measures of love : Southern belles and working girls in Frances Newman, Anita Loos, and Katherine Anne Porter --
Contemporary crises of value : white trash, black paralysis, and elite amnesia in Dorothy Allison, Alice Walker, and Walker Percy --
Remembering the missing : Native Americans, immigrants, and Atlanta's murdered children in Louis Owens, Marilou Awiakta, Lan Cao, James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, and Tayari Jones.
Series Title: New southern studies.
Responsibility: Melanie R. Benson.
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Reveals affinities between antebellum southern and modern American capitalist psychology. This book identifies a calculation-obsessed, anxiety-ridden discourse in which numbers are employed to  Read more...

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