The Tragic Black Buck: Racial Masquerading in the American Literary Imagination Carlyle Van Thompson

ISBN: 9780820462066

Published: August 26th 2005

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198 pages


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The Tragic Black Buck: Racial Masquerading in the American Literary Imagination  by  Carlyle Van Thompson

The Tragic Black Buck: Racial Masquerading in the American Literary Imagination by Carlyle Van Thompson
August 26th 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 198 pages | ISBN: 9780820462066 | 10.45 Mb

The Tragic Black Buck examines the phenomenon, often paradoxical, of black males passing for white in American literature. Focusing on the first third of the twentieth century, this book argues that black individuals successfully assuming a whiteMoreThe Tragic Black Buck examines the phenomenon, often paradoxical, of black males passing for white in American literature.

Focusing on the first third of the twentieth century, this book argues that black individuals successfully assuming a white identity represent a paradox, in that passing for white exemplifies a challenge to the hegemonic philosophy of biological white supremacy, while denying blackness. Issues of race, gender, skin color, class, and law are examined in the literature of passing, involving the historical, theoretical, and literary tropes of miscegenation, mimicry, and masquerade.

The narratives examined in The Tragic Black Buck are Charles Waddell Chesnutts The House Behind the Cedars, James Weldon Johnsons The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby, and William Faulkners Light in August.



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