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Du Bois's telegram : literary resistance and state containment, Juliana Spahr

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Du Bois's telegram : literary resistance and state containment
Title
Du Bois's telegram
Title remainder
literary resistance and state containment
Statement of responsibility
Juliana Spahr
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1956 W.E.B. Du Bois was denied a passport to attend the Présence Africaine Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris. So he sent the assembled a telegram. "Any Negro-American who travels abroad today must either not discuss race conditions in the United States or say the sort of thing which our State Department wishes the world to believe." Taking seriously Du Bois's allegation, Juliana Spahr breathes new life into age-old questions as she explores how state interests have shaped U.S. literature. What is the relationship between literature and politics? Can writing be revolutionary? Can art be autonomous, or is escape from nations and nationalisms impossible? Du Bois's Telegram brings together a wide range of institutional forces implicated in literary production, paying special attention to three eras of writing that sought to defy political orthodoxies by contesting linguistic conventions: avant-garde modernism of the early twentieth century; social-movement writing of the 1960s and 1970s; and, in the twenty-first century, the profusion of English-language works incorporating languages other than English. Spahr shows how these literatures attempted to assert their autonomy, only to be shut down by FBI harassment or coopted by CIA and State Department propagandists. Liberal state allies such as the Ford and Rockefeller foundations made writers complicit by funding multiculturalist works that celebrated diversity and assimilation while starving radical anti-imperial, anti-racist, anti-capitalist efforts. Spahr does not deny the exhilarations of politically engaged art. But her study affirms a sobering reality: aesthetic resistance is easily domesticated.--
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Spahr, Juliana
Dewey number
810.9/358739
Index
index present
LC call number
PS65.P6
LC item number
S63 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Nationalism and literature
  • American literature
  • Nationalism and literature
  • Politics and literature
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Du Bois's telegram : literary resistance and state containment, Juliana Spahr
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-224) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Turn of the twenty-first century : a possible literature of resistance -- Stubborn nationalism : example one, avant garde modernism -- Stubborn nationalism : example two, movement literatures -- Turn of the twenty-first century : the national tradition -- Conclusion
Control code
1028585654
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780674986961
Lccn
2018012877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1028585654
Label
Du Bois's telegram : literary resistance and state containment, Juliana Spahr
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Turn of the twenty-first century : a possible literature of resistance -- Stubborn nationalism : example one, avant garde modernism -- Stubborn nationalism : example two, movement literatures -- Turn of the twenty-first century : the national tradition -- Conclusion
Control code
1028585654
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780674986961
Lccn
2018012877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1028585654

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