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Author Petesch, Donald A
Title A spy in the enemy's country : the emergence of modern Black literature / by Donald A. Petesch
Imprint Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 1989
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  810.9 P44299sp 1989    AVAILABLE    30500100557399
 歐美所圖書館地下室  810.9 P44299sp 1989 c.2  AVAILABLE  WITHDRAWN  30500100470270
Edition 1st ed
Descript xi, 287 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-273)
Part one. Introduction -- Some motes in the nineteenth-century eye : on literary taste, the perception of difference, and white images of Blacks -- Differences in perception : Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Walden, and Invisible Man -- The probable and ordinary course of man's experience : antiromance tendencies in the Black literary tradition -- The experience of power and powerlessness and its expression in the literature -- The day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact : the gathering of a self -- Who gave you a master and a mistress? God gave them to me : the role of morality in Black literature -- A spy in the enemy's country : masking in Black literature --
Part two. Introduction -- Charles W. Chesnutt -- James Weldon Johnson -- Wallace Thurman -- Nella Larsen -- Jean Toomer -- Conclusion
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In Part One I examine the literary, historical, and social contexts within which the emerging Black literature took root. Conditions encouraged certain qualities in the literature, qualities which have persisted as racism has persisted: 1) a collective point of view; 2) the mimetic mode; 3) a sensitivity to the play of power; 4) a consciousness of the fragility of the self; 5) a predilection for the moral imperative; and 6) a recurrence of the tactic of masking. The preoccupation with identity and the self, among the writers considered in Part Two, grows out of the pressures explored in Part One. - p. x
Link Online version: Petesch, Donald A. Spy in the enemy's country. 1st ed. Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 1989 (OCoLC)598233792
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism
African Americans -- Intellectual life
African Americans in literature
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