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The Resource To be suddenly white : literary realism and racial passing, Steven J. Belluscio

To be suddenly white : literary realism and racial passing, Steven J. Belluscio

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To be suddenly white : literary realism and racial passing
Title
To be suddenly white
Title remainder
literary realism and racial passing
Statement of responsibility
Steven J. Belluscio
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Contributor
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Explores the challenges of subjective passing narratives written during the height of literary realism. Discusses racial and ethnic differences, assimilation, passing, and identity by comparing African-American narratives of James Johnson, Nella Larson, and George Schuyler and "white" ethnic (Jewish-American and Italian-American) narratives by Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, and Guido d'Agostino"--Provided by publisher
  • "To Be Suddenly White explores the troubled relationship between literary passing and literary realism, the dominant aesthetic motivation behind the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century ethnic texts considered in this study. Steven J. Belluscio uses the passing narrative to provide insight into how the representation of ethnic and racial subjectivity served, in part, to counter dominant narratives of difference. To Be Suddenly White offers new readings of traditional passing narratives from the African American literary tradition, such as James Weldon Johnson{u2019}s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, Nella Larsen{u2019}s Passing, and George Schuyler{u2019}s Black No More. It is also the first full-length work to consider a number of Jewish American and Italian American prose texts, such as Mary Antin{u2019}s The Promised Land, Anzia Yezierska{u2019}s Bread Givers, and Guido d{u2019}Agostino{u2019}s Olives on the Apple Tree, as racial passing narratives in their own right. Belluscio also demonstrates the contradictions that result from the passing narrative{u2019}s exploration of racial subjectivity, racial difference, and race itself. When they are seen in comparison, ideological differences begin to emerge between African American passing narratives and 2white ethnic3 (Jewish American and Italian American) passing narratives. According to Belluscio, the former are more likely to engage in a direct critique of ideas of race, while the latter have a tendency to become more simplistic acculturation narratives in which a character moves from a position of ethnic difference to one of full American identity. The desire 2to be suddenly white3 serves as a continual point of reference for Belluscio, enabling him to analyze how writers, even when overtly aware of the problematic nature of race (especially African American writers), are also aware of the conditions it creates, the transformations it provokes, and the consequences of both. Byexamining the content and context of these works, Belluscio elucidates their engagement with discourses of racial and ethnic differences, assimilation, passing, and identity, an approach that has profound implications for the understanding of American literary history."--Publishers website
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Belluscio, Steven J
Dewey number
810.9/3552
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS338.N4
LC item number
B45 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • American prose literature
  • American prose literature
  • Minorities
  • African Americans
  • Assimilation (Sociology) in literature
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Passing (Identity) in literature
  • Human skin color in literature
  • Race awareness in literature
  • Group identity in literature
  • Ethnicity in literature
  • Realism in literature
  • Race in literature
  • Autobiography
  • Rassenbeziehung <Motiv>
  • Ethnische Identität <Motiv>
  • Minderheitenliteratur
  • Passing
  • Littérature américaine
  • Littérature américaine
  • Minorités
  • Noirs américains
  • Assimilation (sociologie)
  • Identité (psychologie) dans la littérature
  • Noirs américains dans la littérature
  • Identité collective
  • Ethnicité
  • Réalisme
  • Race
  • Autobiographie
  • USA
Label
To be suddenly white : literary realism and racial passing, Steven J. Belluscio
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-275) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Assimilation, whiteness, and realism -- 2. To pass or not to pass? William Dean Howells's and Frances E.W. Harper's "Not very black" women -- 3. Race or nation? White ethnics upstream in the writing of Cautela, Cahan, D'Agostino, Lewisohn, and Ornitz -- 4."To rise above this absurd drama that others have staged": Race critique and genre in Chesnutt, Johnson, and Schuyler -- 5."As if I were dead": Passing into subjectivity in the writings of Ets, Antin, Yezierska, and Barolini -- 6. Women "Caught between two allegiances": The Drive toward modernism in Chesnutt, White, Fauset, and Larsen -- Epilogue
Control code
61761643
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 288 pages
Isbn
9780826216199
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005028036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780826216199
System control number
(OCoLC)61761643
Label
To be suddenly white : literary realism and racial passing, Steven J. Belluscio
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-275) 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 -- 1. Assimilation, whiteness, and realism -- 2. To pass or not to pass? William Dean Howells's and Frances E.W. Harper's "Not very black" women -- 3. Race or nation? White ethnics upstream in the writing of Cautela, Cahan, D'Agostino, Lewisohn, and Ornitz -- 4."To rise above this absurd drama that others have staged": Race critique and genre in Chesnutt, Johnson, and Schuyler -- 5."As if I were dead": Passing into subjectivity in the writings of Ets, Antin, Yezierska, and Barolini -- 6. Women "Caught between two allegiances": The Drive toward modernism in Chesnutt, White, Fauset, and Larsen -- Epilogue
Control code
61761643
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 288 pages
Isbn
9780826216199
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005028036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780826216199
System control number
(OCoLC)61761643

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