♥ Book Title : Ghetto Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book explores how six American writers have artistically responded to the racialization of U.S. frostbelt cities in the twentieth century. Using the critical tools of spatial theory, critical race theory, urban history and sociology, Simpson explains how these writers imagine the subjective response to the race-making power of space."Article| Tyrone R. Simpson II| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Sonic Color Line
☯ Full Synopsis : "Race is a visual phenomenon, the ability to see “difference.” At least that is what conventional wisdom has lead us to believe. Yet, The Sonic Color Line argues that American ideologies of white supremacy are just as dependent on what we hear—voices, musical taste, volume—as they are on skin color or hair texture. Reinforcing compelling new ideas about the relationship between race and sound with meticulous historical research, Jennifer Lynn Stoever helps us to better understand how sound and listening not only register the racial politics of our world, but actively produce them. Through analysis of the historical traces of sounds of African American performers, Stoever reveals a host of racialized aural representations operating at the level of the unseen—the sonic color line—and exposes the racialized listening practices she figures as “the listening ear.” Using an innovative multimedia archive spanning 100 years of American history (1845-1945) and several artistic genres—the slave narrative, opera, the novel, so-called “dialect stories,” folk and blues, early sound cinema, and radio drama—The Sonic Color Line explores how black thinkers conceived the cultural politics of listening at work during slavery, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow. By amplifying Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, Charles Chesnutt, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ann Petry, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Lena Horne as agents and theorists of sound, Stoever provides a new perspective on key canonical works in African American literary history. In the process, she radically revises the established historiography of sound studies. The Sonic Color Line sounds out how Americans have created, heard, and resisted “race,” so that we may hear our contemporary world differently."Article| Jennifer Lynn Stoever| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature discusses Jewish American literature in relation to ethnicity, religion, politics, and race."Article| Hana Wirth-Nesher, Michael P. Kramer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : African American Review
☯ Full Synopsis : "As the official publication of the Division on Black American Literature and Culture of the Modern Language Association of America, African American review promotes an exchange among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who hold diverse perspectives of African American literature and culture."Article| | Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Images of Africa in Black American Literature
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♥ Book Title : The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature: I - M
☯ Full Synopsis : "Alphabetically arranged entries in five chronological volumes focus on individual authors, works, and topics related to multiethnic American literature."Article| Emmanuel Sampath Nelson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Harlem Crossroads
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Harlem riot of 1935 not only signaled the end of the Harlem Renaissance; it made black America's cultural capital an icon for the challenges of American modernity. Luring photographers interested in socially conscious, journalistic, and aesthetic representation, post-Renaissance Harlem helped give rise to America's full-blown image culture and its definitive genre, documentary. The images made there in turn became critical to the work of black writers seeking to reinvent literary forms. Harlem Crossroads is the first book to examine their deep, sustained engagements with photographic practices. Arguing for Harlem as a crossroads between writers and the image, Sara Blair explores its power for canonical writers, whose work was profoundly responsive to the changing meanings and uses of photographs. She examines literary engagements with photography from the 1930s to the 1970s and beyond, among them the collaboration of Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava, Richard Wright's uses of Farm Security Administration archives, James Baldwin's work with Richard Avedon, and Lorraine Hansberry's responses to civil rights images. Drawing on extensive archival work and featuring images never before published, Blair opens strikingly new views of the work of major literary figures, including Ralph Ellison's photography and its role in shaping his landmark novel Invisible Man, and Wright's uses of camera work to position himself as a modernist and postwar writer. Harlem Crossroads opens new possibilities for understanding the entangled histories of literature and the photograph, as it argues for the centrality of black writers to cultural experimentation throughout the twentieth century."Article| Sara Blair| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Writing the Ghetto
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the United States, perhaps no minority group is considered as successful as the Asian American community which is often described as residing in positive-sounding "ethnic enclaves, "rather than in "ghettoes. "In this volume, Yoonmee Chang exposes the unspoken class inequalities faced by Asian Americans, while insightfully analyzing the effect such nations have had on their literary voices. Writing the Ghetto discusses texts that are set in a variety of contexts---from the Chinese Exclusion Era and Japanese American Internment during World War II to the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the contemporary emergence of the "ethnoburh"---created by such authors as Sui Sin Far, Winnifred Eaton, Monica Sone, Fae Myenne Ng, Changrae Lee, S. Mitra Kalita, and Nam Le. Examining the class structure of Chinatowns, Koreatowns, Little Tokyos, and Little Indias, Chang maintains that over time ghettoization in these spaces has been disguised, and that, due to the influence of an "ethnographic imperative," Astan American writers have alternately assisted and subverted this masking. The relegation of Asian Americans to literal ghettos is further complicated, Chang argues, by the confinement of their authors to literary ones."Article| Yoonmee Chang| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ethnic Passages
☯ Full Synopsis : "Ethnic literature figures prominently in the current debate on multiculturalism, but even its supporters have had little to say about it as literature, stressing instead its political and sociological context. Thomas J. Ferraro, in this lively and accessible study of modern fiction by Americans of immigrant background, argues that the best of these stories demand—and reward—close reading and attention to questions of genre and literary form. Ferraro engages the literature of immigration and mobility by asking what motivates its authors and what their work actually accomplishes. He concentrates on five diverse examples of the "up-from-the-ghetto" narrative: Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers, Henry Roth's Call It Sleep, Henry Miller's "The Tailor Shop," and Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior. To Ferraro the unsuspected value of these works is that they recast the conventions of ethnic representation, illustrating the power of ethnic writing to capture and redirect the national literary imagination. Ferraro's sharply observed reading of these five works shows how such reenactments of immigrant mobility test the ideology of assimilation against the writer's experience. Ethnic Passages will refocus discussion of how literature addresses the American conflict between ethnic heritage and the greater opportunities of "mainstream" society."Article| Thomas J. Ferraro| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Illustrated History of Science Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Dieter Wuckel, Bruce Cassiday| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Urban Underworlds
☯ Full Synopsis : "Urban Underworlds is an exploration of city spaces, pathologized identities, lurid fears, and American literature. Surveying the 1890s to the 1990s, Thomas Heise chronicles how and why marginalized populations immigrant Americans in the Lower East Side, gays and lesbians in Greenwich Village and downtown Los Angeles, the black underclass in Harlem and Chicago, and the new urban poor dispersed across American cities have been selectively targeted as "urban underworlds" and their neighborhoods characterized as miasmas of disease and moral ruin. The quarantining of minority cultures helped to promote white, middle-class privilege. Following a diverse array of literary figures who differ with the assessment of the underworld as the space of the monstrous Other, Heise contends that it is a place where besieged and neglected communities are actively trying to take possession of their own neighborhoods."Article| Thomas Heise| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Harlem
☯ Full Synopsis : "The vibrant and bustling neighborhood occupying the upper reaches of Manhattan has been at the crossroads of the artistic, literary and political currents of the African-American community since the Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century. This sweeping photographic survey includes nearly 300 images that tell the story of Harlem throughout the twentieth century, its distinctive landscape and extraordinary inhabitants. The work of eighty artists and photographers is paired with texts by important Harlem scholars and quotes from important writers on the subject of Harlem. The book is divided in three sections: Early Twentieth Century; Revolution--the 1960s and 1970s; and Harlem Now--1980s through the Present."Article| Deborah Willis, Cheryl Finley, Elizabeth Alexander, Thelma Golden| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Twentieth-century American literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "Excerpts from interviews, and reviews discuss the life and works of American authors from the early twentieth century to the present"Article| Harold Bloom| Statement ..."