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Postmodern literature and race

Author: Len Platt; Sara Upstone
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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"Postmodern Literature and Race explores the question of how dramatic shifts in conceptions of race in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been addressed by writers at the cutting edge of equally dramatic transformations of literary form. An opening section engages with the broad question of how the geographical and political positioning of experimental writing informs its contribution to racial  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Len Platt; Sara Upstone
ISBN: 9781107042483 1107042488
OCLC Number: 889426376
Description: xi, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Postmodern problematics. Critical histories : postcolonialism, postmodernism and race / Bill Ashcroft ; Race and the crisis of the postmodern social novel / Madhu Dubey ; Worlded localisms : cosmopolitics writ small / David James --
Part 2. Race and performativity. X-ray detectives : Ishmael Reed, Clarence Major and black postmodern detective fiction / Bran Nicol ; Performing identity : intertextuality, race and difference in the South Asian novel in English / Peter Morey ; Performing race in Caryl Phillips's Dancing in the Dark / Abigail Ward ; Appropriate appropriation? : Ishmael Reed's hoodoo and Flannery O'Connor's artificial negroes / John N. Duvall --
Part 3. Nations and belonging. 'How Scottish I am' : Alasdair Gray, race and neo-nationalism / Len Platt ; 'Justabit-racist' : Dubravka Ugrešić, cosmopolitanism and the post-Yugoslav condition / Vedrana Velickovic ; Postmodern prose and the discourse of the 'cultural Jew' : the cases of Mailer and Foer / David Witzling ; Race, comedy and tourism : the hideous embarrassments of Will Self's The butt / David Punter --
Part 4. Revising metanarratives. White male nostalgia in Don DeLillo's Underworld / Tim Engles ; Postmodern revisions of Englishness : Rushdie, Barnes, Ballard / Nick Bentley ; The whiteness of David Foster Wallace / Samuel Cohen --
Part 5. Postracial futures?. After the first decade : revisiting the work of Zadie Smith / Philip Tew ; Racial neoliberalism and whiteness in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow / Sue J. Kim ; 'Some kind of black' : black British historiographic metafictions and the postmodern politics of race / Sara Upstone.
Responsibility: edited by Len Platt, Goldsmith's College ; Sara Upstone, Kingston University.


With essays on a range of contemporary writers, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the politics and aesthetics of contemporary writing.  Read more...
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