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Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt

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Essays by Margaret D. Bauer, Keith Byerman, Martha J. Cutter, SallyAnn H. Ferguson, Donald B. Gibson, Scott Thomas Gibson, Aaron Ritzenberg,Werner Sollors, and Susan Prothro Wright Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt is a collection that reevaluates Chesnutt's deft manipulation of the passing theme to expand understanding of the author's fiction and nonfiction. Nine contributors apply a variety of theories--including intertextual, signifying/discourse analysis, narratological, formal, psychoanalytical, new historical, reader response, and performative frameworks--to add richness to readings of Chesnutt's works. Together the essays provide convincing evidence that passing is an intricate, essential part of Chesnutt's writing, and that it appears in all the genres he wielded: journal entries, speeches, essays, and short and long fiction. The essays engage with each other to display the continuum in Chesnutt's thinking as he began his writing career and established his sense of social activism, as evidenced in his early journal entries. Collectively, the essays follow Chesnutt's works as he proceeded through the Jim Crow era, honing his ability to manipulate his mostly white audience through the astute, though apparently self-effacing, narrator, Uncle Julius, of his popular conjure tales. Chesnutt's ability to subvert audience expectations is equally noticeable in the subtle irony of his short stories. Several of the collection's essays address Chesnutt's novels, including Paul Marchand, F.M.C., Mandy Oxendine, The House Behind the Cedars, and Evelyn's Husband. The volume opens up new paths of inquiry into a major African American writer's oeuvre. Susan Prothro Wright, Marietta, Georgia, associate professor of American and British literature at Clark Atlanta University, has published on Chesnutt and other American authors in a variety of scholarly venues. Ernestine Pickens Glass, Atlanta, Georgia, is professor emerita of English at Clark Atlanta University. She is the author of Charles W. Chesnutt and the Progressive Movement. and editor of Frederick Douglass by Charles W. Chesnutt: A Centenary Edition.

Synopsis:

An exploration of a great American writer's abiding concern with the color line

Synopsis:

Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt is a collection that reevaluates Chesnutt's deft manipulation of the "passing" theme to expand understanding of the author's fiction and nonfiction. Nine contributors apply a variety of theories---including intertextual, signifying/discourse analysis, narratological, formal, psychoanalytical, new historical, reader response, and performative frameworks---to add richness to readings of Chesnutt's works. Together the essays provide convincing evidence that "passing" is an intricate, essential part of Chesnutt's writing, and that it appears in all the genres he wielded: journal entries, speeches, essays, and short and long fiction.

The essays engage with each other to display the continuum in Chesnutt's thinking as he began his writing career and established his sense of social activism, as evidenced in his early journal entries. Collectively, the essays follow Chesnutt's works as he proceeded through the Jim Crow era, honing his ability to manipulate his mostly white audience through the astute, though apparently self-effacing, narrator, Uncle Julius, of his popular conjure tales. Chesnutt's ability to subvert audience expectations is equally noticeable in the subtle irony of his short stories. Several of the collection's essays address Chesnutt's novels, including Paul Marchand, F.M.C., Mandy Oxendine, The House Behind the Cedars, and Evelyn's Husband. The volume opens up new paths of inquiry into a major African American writer's oeuvre.

About the Author

Susan Prothro Wright, associate professor of American and British literature at Clark Atlanta University, has published on Chesnutt and other American authors in a variety of scholarly venues.

Ernestine Pickens Glass is professor emerita of English at Clark Atlanta University. She is the author of Charles W. Chesnutt and the Progressive Movement and editor of Frederick Douglass by Charles W. Chesnutt: A Centenary Edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604734164
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Subject:
Passing (Identity)
Editor:
Wright, Susan Prothro
Editor:
Glass, Ernestine Pickens
Author:
Wright, Susan Prothro
Author:
Glass, Ernestine Pickens
Author:
s Glass
Author:
Ernestine Picken
Subject:
Chesnutt, Charles W
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : American - African American
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
American Literature; African American Studies
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series:
Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt
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"Synopsis" by , An exploration of a great American writer's abiding concern with the color line
"Synopsis" by , Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt is a collection that reevaluates Chesnutt's deft manipulation of the "passing" theme to expand understanding of the author's fiction and nonfiction. Nine contributors apply a variety of theories---including intertextual, signifying/discourse analysis, narratological, formal, psychoanalytical, new historical, reader response, and performative frameworks---to add richness to readings of Chesnutt's works. Together the essays provide convincing evidence that "passing" is an intricate, essential part of Chesnutt's writing, and that it appears in all the genres he wielded: journal entries, speeches, essays, and short and long fiction.

The essays engage with each other to display the continuum in Chesnutt's thinking as he began his writing career and established his sense of social activism, as evidenced in his early journal entries. Collectively, the essays follow Chesnutt's works as he proceeded through the Jim Crow era, honing his ability to manipulate his mostly white audience through the astute, though apparently self-effacing, narrator, Uncle Julius, of his popular conjure tales. Chesnutt's ability to subvert audience expectations is equally noticeable in the subtle irony of his short stories. Several of the collection's essays address Chesnutt's novels, including Paul Marchand, F.M.C., Mandy Oxendine, The House Behind the Cedars, and Evelyn's Husband. The volume opens up new paths of inquiry into a major African American writer's oeuvre.

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