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Next to the Color Line - Gender, Sexuality, and W. E. B. Du Bois (Paperback): Susan Gillman, Alys Weinbaum Next to the Color Line - Gender, Sexuality, and W. E. B. Du Bois (Paperback)
Susan Gillman, Alys Weinbaum
R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although W. E. B. Du Bois did not often pursue the connections between the "Negro question" that defined so much of his intellectual life and the "woman question" that engaged writers and feminist activists around him, Next to the Color Line argues that within Du Bois's work is a politics of juxtaposition that connects race, gender, sexuality, and justice. This provocative collection investigates a set of political formulations and rhetorical strategies by which Du Bois approached, used, and repressed issues of gender and sexuality. The essays in Next to the Color Line propose a return to Du Bois, not only to reassess his politics but also to demonstrate his relevance for today's scholarly and political concerns. Contributors: Hazel V. Carby, Yale U; Vilashini Cooppan, U of California, Santa Cruz; Brent Hayes Edwards, Rutgers U; Michele Elam, Stanford U; Roderick A. Ferguson, U of Minnesota; Joy James, Williams College; Fred Moten, U of Southern California; Shawn Michelle Smith, St. Louis U; Mason Stokes, Skidmore College; Claudia Tate, Princeton U; Paul C. Taylor, Temple U. Susan Gillman is professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Alys Eve Weinbaum is associate professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle.

States of Emergency - The Object of American Studies (Paperback, New edition): Susan Gillman States of Emergency - The Object of American Studies (Paperback, New edition)
Susan Gillman
R711 Discovery Miles 7 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores the purpose and politics of the field. The contributors to this volume argue that for too long, inclusiveness has substituted for methodology in American studies scholarship. The ten original essays collected here call for a robust comparativism that is attuned theoretically to questions of both space and time. ""States of Emergency"" asks readers to engage in a thought experiment: imagine that you have an object you want to study - Which methodologies will contextualize and explain your selection? What political goals are embedded in your inquiry? This thought experiment is taken up by contributors who consider an array of objects - the weather, cigarettes, archival material, AIDS, the enemy, extinct species, and torture. The essayists recalibrate the metrics of time and space usually used to measure these questions. In the process, each contributes to a project that redefines the object of American studies, reading its history as well as its future across, against, even outside the established grain of interdisciplinary practice.

Dark Twins - Imposture and Identity in Mark Twain's America (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Susan Gillman Dark Twins - Imposture and Identity in Mark Twain's America (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Susan Gillman
R883 Discovery Miles 8 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Many persons have such a horror of being taken in," wrote P. T. Barnum, "that they believe themselves to be a sham and are continually humbugging themselves." Mark Twain enjoyed trading on that horror, as the many confidence men, assumed identities, and disguised characters in his fiction attest. In Dark Twins, Susan Gillman challenges the widely held assumption that Twain's concern with identity is purely biographical and argues that what has been regarded as a problem of individual psychology must be located instead within American society around the turn of the century. Drawing on Twain's whole writing career, but focusing on the controversial late period of social "pessimism" and literary "incoherence," Gillman situates Twain and his work in historical context, demonstrating the complex interplay between his most intimate personal and authorial identity and the public attitudes toward race, gender, and science.
Gillman shows that laws regulating race classification, paternity, and rape cases underwrite Twain's critical exploration of racial and sexual difference in the writings of the 1890s and after, most strikingly in the little-known manuscripts that Gillman calls the "tales of transvestism." The "pseudoscience" of spiritualism and the "science" of psychology provide the cultural vocabularies essential to Twain's fantasy and science fiction writings of his last two decades. Twain stands forth finally as a representative man, not only a child of his culture, but also as one implicated in a continuing American anxiety about freedom, race, and identity.

Blood Talk - American Race Melodrama and the Culture of the Occult (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Susan Gillman Blood Talk - American Race Melodrama and the Culture of the Occult (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Susan Gillman
R885 Discovery Miles 8 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The United States has seldom known a period of greater social and cultural volatility, especially in terms of race relations, than the years from the end of Reconstruction to the First World War. In this study, Susan Gillman explores the rise during this period of a remarkable genre - the race melodrama - and the way in which it converged with literary trends, popular history, fringe movements, and mainstream interest in supernatural phenomena. "Blood Talk" shows how race melodrama emerged from abolitionist works such as "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and surprisingly manifested itself in a set of more aesthetically and politically varied works, such as historical romances, sentimental novels, the travel literature of Mark Twain, the regional fiction of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable, and the work of W.E.B. Du Bois. Gillman then uses the race melodrama to show how racial discourses in the United States became entangled with occultist phenomena, from the rituals of the Klu Klux Klan and the concept of messianic second-sight to the production of conspiracy theories and studies of dreams and trances. A work of ambitious scope and compelling cross-connections, "Blood Talk" sets new agendas for students of American literature and culture.

Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson - Race, Conflict and Culture (Paperback, New): Susan Gillman, Forrest G. Robinson Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson - Race, Conflict and Culture (Paperback, New)
Susan Gillman, Forrest G. Robinson
R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This collection seeks to place "Pudd'nhead Wilson"--a neglected, textually fragmented work of Mark Twain's--in the context of contemporary critical approaches to literary studies. The editors' introduction argues the virtues of using "Pudd'nhead Wilson" as a teaching text, a case study in many of the issues presently occupying literary criticism: issues of history and the uses of history, of canon formation, of textual problematics, and finally of race, class, and gender.
In a variety of ways the essays build arguments out of, not in spite of, the anomalies, inconsistencies, and dead ends in the text itself. Such wrinkles and gaps, the authors find, are the symptoms of an inconclusive, even evasive, but culturally illuminating struggle to confront and resolve difficult questions bearing on race and sex. Such fresh, intellectually enriching perspectives on the novel arise directly from the broad-based interdisciplinary foundations provided by the participating scholars. Drawing on a wide variety of critical methodologies, the essays place the novel in ways that illuminate the world in which it was produced and that further promise to stimulate further study.
"Contributors." Michael Cowan, James M. Cox, Susan Gillman, Myra Jehlen, Wilson Carey McWilliams, George E. Marcus, Carolyn Porter, Forrest Robinson, Michael Rogin, John Carlos Rowe, John Schaar, Eric Sundquist

Blood Talk - American Race Melodrama and the Culture of the Occult (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Susan Gillman Blood Talk - American Race Melodrama and the Culture of the Occult (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Susan Gillman
R2,403 Discovery Miles 24 030 Special order

The United States has seldom known a period of greater social and cultural volatility, especially in terms of race relations, than the years from the end of Reconstruction to the First World War. In this study, Susan Gillman explores the rise during this period of a remarkable genre - the race melodrama - and the way in which it converged with literary trends, popular history, fringe movements, and mainstream interest in supernatural phenomena. "Blood Talk" shows how race melodrama emerged from abolitionist works such as "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and surprisingly manifested itself in a set of more aesthetically and politically varied works, such as historical romances, sentimental novels, the travel literature of Mark Twain, the regional fiction of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable, and the work of W.E.B. Du Bois. Gillman then uses the race melodrama to show how racial discourses in the United States became entangled with occultist phenomena, from the rituals of the Klu Klux Klan and the concept of messianic second-sight to the production of conspiracy theories and studies of dreams and trances. A work of ambitious scope and compelling cross-connections, "Blood Talk" sets new agendas for students of American literature and culture.

Fiction Beyond Secularism (Paperback): Justin Neuman Fiction Beyond Secularism (Paperback)
Justin Neuman; Edited by (fouders) Judith Butler, Catherine Gallagher; Editorial coordination by Edward Dimendberg; Series edited by Ali Behdad, …
R1,142 Discovery Miles 11 420 Special order

Modernist thinkers once presumed a progressive secularity, with the novel replacing religious texts as society's moral epics. Yet religion--beginning with the Iranian revolution of 1979, through the collapse of communism, and culminating in the singular rupture of September 11, 2001--has not retreated quietly out of sight.

In "Fiction Beyond Secularism, "Justin Neuman argues that contemporary novelists who are most commonly identified as antireligious--among them Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Nadine Gordimer, Haruki Murakami, and J. M. Coetzee--have defied assumptions and have instead written some of the most trenchant critiques of secular ideologies, as well as the most exciting and rigorous inquiries into the legacies of the religious imagination. As a result, many readers (or nonreaders) on either side of the religious divide neglect the insights of works like "The Satanic Verses, Disgrace, "and "Snow. Fiction Beyond Secularism "serves as a timely corrective.

Periodizing Jameson - Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative (Paperback): Phillip E. Wegner Periodizing Jameson - Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative (Paperback)
Phillip E. Wegner; Edited by (fouders) Judith Butler, Catherine Gallagher; Editorial coordination by Edward Dimendberg; Series edited by Ali Behdad, …
R1,091 Discovery Miles 10 910 Special order

For a half century, the American intellectual Fredric Jameson has been a driving force in literary and cultural theory. In "Periodizing Jameson, "Phillip E. Wegner builds upon Jameson's unique dialectical method to demonstrate the value of Jameson's tools--periodization, the fourfold hermeneutic, and the Greimasian semiotic square, among others--and to develop virtuoso readings of Jameson's own work and the history of the contemporary American university in which it unfolds.

Wegner shows how Jameson's work intervenes in particular social, cultural, and political situations, using his scholarship both to develop original explorations of nineteenth-century fiction, popular films, and other promiment theorists, and to examine the changing fortunes of theory itself. In this way, "Periodizing Jameson "casts new light on the potential of and challenges to humanist intellectual work in the present.

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