Western Fictions, Black Realities: Meanings of Blackness and Modernities

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Isabel Soto, Violet Showers Johnson
LIT Verlag Münster, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 323 pages
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This anthology interrogates two salient concepts in studying the black experience. Ushered in with the age of New World encounters, modernity emerged as brutal, complex and multiple, from its very definition to its manifestations. Equally challenging is blackness, which is forever dangling between the range of uplifting articulations and insidious degradation. The essays confront the conflicting confluences of these two terms. Questioning Euro-centric and 'mainstream' American interpretations, they reveal the diverse meanings of modernities and blackness from an equally diverse set of milieus of the black experience. Interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in thematic and epochal scope, they use theoretical and empirical studies to demonstrate that, indeed, blackness is relevant for understanding modernities and vice versa.
 

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Contents

I
1
II
23
III
47
IV
61
V
77
VI
95
VII
107
VIII
129
X
153
XI
183
XII
199
XIII
211
XIV
229
XV
251
XVI
269
XVII
297

IX
137

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About the author (2011)

Isabel Soto is Associate Professor in the department of Filologias Extranjeras y sus Linguisticas at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid, Spain.

Violet Showers Johnson is Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. She is the author of The Other Black Bostonians: West Indians in Boston, 1900-1950.

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