The Resource Re-forming the past : history, the fantastic, and the postmodern slave narrative, A. Timothy Spaulding

Re-forming the past : history, the fantastic, and the postmodern slave narrative, A. Timothy Spaulding

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Re-forming the past : history, the fantastic, and the postmodern slave narrative
Title
Re-forming the past
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history, the fantastic, and the postmodern slave narrative
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A. Timothy Spaulding
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Language
eng
Summary
"In Re-Forming the Past, A. Timothy Spaulding examines contemporary revisions of slave narratives that use elements of the fantastic to redefine the historical and literary constructions of American slavery. In their rejection of mimetic representation and traditional historiography, postmodern slave narratives such as Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada, Octavia Butler's Kindred, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Charles Johnson's Ox Herding Tale and Middle Passage, Jewelle Gomez's The Gilda Stories, and Samuel Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand set out to counter the usual slave narrative's reliance on realism and objectivity by creating alternative histories based on subjective, fantastic, and non-realistic representations of slavery. As these texts critique traditional conceptions of history, identity, and aesthetic form, they simultaneously re-invest these concepts with a political agency that harkens back to the original project of the 19th-century slave narratives." "In their rejection of mimetic representation and traditional historiography, Spaulding contextualizes postmodern slave narrative. By addressing both literary and popular African American texts, Re-Forming the Past expands discussions of both the African American literary tradition and postmodern culture."--BOOK JACKET
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813/.54093552
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index present
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PS374.S58
LC item number
S66 2005
Literary form
non fiction
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Re-forming the past : history, the fantastic, and the postmodern slave narrative, A. Timothy Spaulding
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 139-143) and index
Contents
Introduction -- The slave narrative and its postmodern counterpart -- The conflation of time in Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada and Octavia Butler's Kindred -- Ghosts, haunted houses, and the legacy of slavery : Toni Morrison's Beloved and the gothic impulse -- Re-forming Black subjectivity : symbolic transculturation in Charles Johnson's Oxherding tale and Middle passage -- Beyond postmodernity : de-familiarizing the postmodern slave narrative
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24 cm.
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Extent
x, 148 p.
Isbn
9780814210062
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005003203
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  • (Sirsi) i9780814210062
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