Postmodern Literature and Race

Postmodern Literature and Race

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Cambridge University Press, 2/19/2015
EAN 9781107042483, ISBN10: 1107042488

Hardcover, 314 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

Postmodernism Literature and Race explores the question of how dramatic shifts in conceptions of race in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been addressed by writers at the cutting edge of equally dramatic transformations of literary form. An opening section engages with the broad question of how the geographical and political positioning of experimental writing informs its contribution to racial discourses, while later segments focus on central critical domains within this field: race and performativity, race and the contemporary nation, and postracial futures. With essays on a wide range of contemporary writers, including Bernadine Evaristo, Alasdair Gray, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Levy, and Don DeLillo, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the politics and aesthetics of contemporary writing.

1. Critical histories
postcolonialism, postmodernism and race Bill Ashcroft
2. Race and the crisis of the postmodern social novel Madhu Dubey
3. Worlded localisms
cosmopolitics writ small David James
4. Yellows, blacks, blues
the seductions of (black) postmodern detective fiction Bran Nicol
5. Performing identity
intertextuality, race and difference in the South Asian novel in English Peter Morey
6. Performing race in Caryl Phillips's Dancing in the Dark Abigail Ward
7. Appropriate appropriation?
Ishmael Reed's hoodoo and Flannery O'Connor's artificial negroes John N. Duvall
8. 'How Scottish I am'
Alasdair Gray, race and neo-nationalism Len Platt
9. 'Justabit fascist'
Dubravka Ugrešić, cosmopolitanism and the post-Yugoslav condition Vedrana Velickovic
10. Postmodern prose and the discourse of the 'cultural Jew'
the cases of Mailer and Foer David Witzling
11. Race, comedy and tourism
the hideous embarrassments of Will Self's The Butt David Punter
12. White male nostalgia in Don DeLillo's Underworld Tim Engles
13. Postmodern revisions of Englishness
Rushdie, Barnes, Ballard Nick Bentley
14. The whiteness of David Foster Wallace Samuel Cohen
15. After the first decade
revisiting the work of Zadie Smith Philip Tew
16. Racial neoliberalism and whiteness in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow Sue J. Kim
17. 'Some kind of black'
black British historiographic metafictions and the postmodern politics of race Sara Upstone.