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Thinking through crisis : depression-era Black literature, theory, and politics

Author: James Edward Ford
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2020. ©2020
Series: Commonalities.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Thinking through Crisis turns to 1930s African American literature to offer a critical response to Trauma Theory. This theoretical discourse carries a nostalgia for "European Man" that limits its understanding of racial and class antagonisms. Consequently, its version of "bearing witness" yields a political passivity that cannot address the injustices of racism as they are linked to class conflict. Against the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Edward Ford
ISBN: 0823286932 9780823286935 9780823286928 0823286924
OCLC Number: 1121286255
Awards: Winner of William Sanders Scarborough Prize 2020
Description: 1 online resource (x, 353 pages)
Contents: Introduction : from being to unrest, from objectivity to motion --
Down by the riverside : Richard Wright, the 1927 flood, and the citizen-refugee --
"Crusade for Justice" : Ida B. Wells and the power of the multitude --
W. E. B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction : theorizing divine violence --
Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain : an anthropology of power --
The new day : notes on Education and the dark proletariat --
Conclusion : from being to unrest, from objectivity to motion-a race for theory.
Series Title: Commonalities.
Responsibility: James Edward Ford III.

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Thinking through Crisis turns to 1930s African American literature to offer a critical response to Trauma Theory. This theoretical discourse carries a nostalgia for "European Man" that limits its understanding of racial and class antagonisms. Consequently, its version of "bearing witness" yields a political passivity that cannot address the injustices of racism as they are linked to class conflict. Against the political passivity produced by this idealist approach, this book offers a materialist theory of trauma that develops concepts for identifying the agency that Black life produces amid social breakdown.

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