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The Resource How to read African American literature : post-Civil Rights fiction and the task of interpretation, Aida Levy-Hussen

How to read African American literature : post-Civil Rights fiction and the task of interpretation, Aida Levy-Hussen

Label
How to read African American literature : post-Civil Rights fiction and the task of interpretation
Title
How to read African American literature
Title remainder
post-Civil Rights fiction and the task of interpretation
Statement of responsibility
Aida Levy-Hussen
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"How to Read African American Literature offers a series of provocations to unsettle the predominant assumptions readers make when encountering post-Civil Rights black fiction. Foregrounding the large body of literature and criticism that grapples with legacies of the slave past, Aida Levy-Hussen's argument develops on two levels: as a textual analysis of black historical fiction, and as a critical examination of the reading practices that characterize the scholarship of our time. Drawing on psychoanalysis, memory studies, and feminist and queer theory, Levy-Hussen examines how works by Toni Morrison, David Bradley, Octavia Butler, Charles Johnson, and others represent and mediate social injury and collective grief. In the criticism that surrounds these novels, she identifies two major interpretive approaches: "therapeutic reading" (premised on the assurance that literary confrontations with historical trauma will enable psychic healing in the present), and "prohibitive reading" (anchored in the belief that fictions of returning to the past are dangerous and to be avoided). Levy-Hussen argues that these norms have become overly restrictive, standing in the way of a more supple method of interpretation that recognizes and attends to the indirect, unexpected, inconsistent, and opaque workings of historical fantasy and desire. Moving beyond the question of whether literature must heal or abandon historical wounds, Levy-Hussen proposes new ways to read African American literature now" -- From the publisher
Cataloging source
PUL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1981-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Levy-Hussen, Aida
Dewey number
813.009/896073
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.N4
LC item number
L49 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • African Americans in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • African American arts
  • Race awareness in literature
  • African American arts
  • African Americans in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Race awareness in literature
Label
How to read African American literature : post-Civil Rights fiction and the task of interpretation, Aida Levy-Hussen
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-203) 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 -- Against prohibitive reading (on trauma) -- For contradiction (on masochism) -- The missing archive (on depression) -- Reading African American literature now -- Postscript
Control code
946161293
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 211 pages
Isbn
9781479890941
Lccn
2016023895
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026704572
System control number
(OCoLC)946161293
Label
How to read African American literature : post-Civil Rights fiction and the task of interpretation, Aida Levy-Hussen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-203) 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 -- Against prohibitive reading (on trauma) -- For contradiction (on masochism) -- The missing archive (on depression) -- Reading African American literature now -- Postscript
Control code
946161293
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 211 pages
Isbn
9781479890941
Lccn
2016023895
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026704572
System control number
(OCoLC)946161293

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