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作者 Magowan, Kimberley Iris
書名 Strange bedfellows [electronic resource] : incest and miscegenation in Thomas Dixon, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, and John Sayles
出版項 1999
國際標準書號 0599315369
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說明 254 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 60-05, Section: A, page: 1560
Chair: Dorothy J. Hale
Originally published in paper form (265 p.). EAS holding is in electronic book(pdf form) and 11 books are together on a CD-ROM.
UMI number:9931319
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Berkeley, 1999
“Strange Bedfellows: Incest and Miscegenation in Thomas Dixon, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, and John Sayles” examines how the interplay between incest and miscegenation unravels family and racial identity. The Mississipian Henry Hughes pronounced that “Amalgamation is incest,” a paradox which sheds light on the peculiarly causal relationship these two sex taboos have. Though taboos for opposite reasons—incest is prohibited because of too much sameness, miscegenation because of too much difference—they keep generating each other. These ideologically disparate authors trace a collapse, or liminal crisis, between what they want to be distinguishable: incest and miscegenation, white and black, masculinity and femininity, the brother and the other. “Amalgamation is incest” sets up a rhetorical exchangeability which these texts emphasize by depicting bodies that constantly blend into and substitute for each other
My first chapter, on the white supremacist novelist Thomas Dixon, examines how the white man's efforts to insert himself in between the white virgin and the “black beast” supposedly intent upon raping her expose him to a perilous liminality: he absorbs characteristics of the two sides he wants to keep separate. The markers upon which his alleged supremacy is predicated dissolve. Chapter Two, on William Faulkner's masterpiece, <italic> Absalom, Absalom!</italic> (1936), maps both the attraction and the problem of liminality, which is thematized in Faulkner as the province of blackness. Interveners, go-betweens, and those who “pass” are black, so by becoming a sexual go-between, Henry Sutpen jeopardizes his own racial identity. In Ralph Ellison's <italic>Invisible Man</italic> (1952), the subject of my third chapter, Trueblood wakes from a dream in which he is trying to avoid committing miscegenation to discover that he has entered the body of his daughter. The novel's always fluid boundaries between dreaming and being collapse, but the conversion is corrupt: imagined miscegenation becomes literal incest. In John Sayles's film <italic>Lone Star</italic> (1996), analyzed in Chapter Four, both incest and miscegenation are depicted as cultural taboos subject to negotiation. The potentiality of sexual border-crossing is emblematized in the final border shown in a movie which proliferates with such imagery: a punctured drive-in movie screen
School code: 0028
Related Wrk Digital Dissertation Consortium (EAS)
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 60-05A
主題 Literature, American
Alt Author University of California, Berkeley
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