Blackness and the Color Black in 20th-Century African-American Fiction - Mainzer Studien Zur Amerikanistik 57 (Hardback)
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Blackness and the Color Black in 20th-Century African-American Fiction - Mainzer Studien Zur Amerikanistik 57 (Hardback)

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Nobody's skin is really black or white. Yet both terms are constantly used to classify people. Whiteness studies have revealed that `white' must be considered as an ideological label that defines superiority and privilege. Conversely, `black' came to mark inferiority and discrimination. This study explores how African-Americans responded to Anglo-Saxon race theory by adopting the originally demeaning assignation `black' and turning it into the ideology of `black' self-empowerment and racial pride. The analyses of eighteen novels from the African-American literary canon which focus on the significance of the color `black' and the concept of blackness strongly suggest the importance of blackness studies while providing a close (re)reading of major works of 20th-century `black' fiction.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG
ISBN: 9783631619629
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: New edition

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