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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beloved and Jazz now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.

Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires.

Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature.

"By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America."

--Chicago Tribune

"Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer."

The New York Times Book Review

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Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio. She is Robert E. Goheen Professor, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University. She is the

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Examines the effect of a racially divided society on nineteenth century American writings, and discusses works by Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Twain

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ISBN:
9780307388636
Subtitle:
Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
of six novels: <i>The Bluest Eye
Author:
Sula
Author:
Beloved,</i> which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction
Author:
Morrison, Toni
Author:
<i>Tar Baby
Author:
Toni Morrison
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : American - General
Subject:
Computers : Programming Languages - General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Race in literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
Black in literature.
Subject:
Afro-americans in literature
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Blacks in literature
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19930727
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
91

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