Kimberly Fain's Colson Whitehead: The Postracial Voice of Contemporary PDF

By Kimberly Fain

ISBN-10: 1442250135

ISBN-13: 9781442250130

From his first novel, The Intuitionist, in 1999, Colson Whitehead has produced fiction that brilliantly blurs style and cultural traces to illustrate the common angst and indispensable bonds shared via all american citizens. via neglecting to say a character’s racial historical past, Whitehead demanding situations the cultural assumptions of his readers. His African American protagonists are good trained and upwardly cellular and therefore lack a few of the social angst that's imposed by way of racial stratification. regardless of the severe acclaim and literary awards Whitehead has got, there were few in-depth examinations of his work.

In Colson Whitehead: The Postracial Voice of latest Literature, Kimberly Fain explores the paintings of this literary trailblazer, discussing how his novels reconstruct the yankee identification to be inclusive instead of particular and hence expand the scope of who's thought of an American. Whitehead makes an attempt this feat through together with African american citizens one of the classification of people that may perhaps in achieving the yank Dream, assuming they're knowledgeable and economically cellular. whereas the conflicts confronted through his characters are indicators of the common human situation, they assimilate on the rate of cultural alienation and emotional emptiness.

In addition to The Intuitionist, Fain additionally examines John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, The Colossus of recent York, Sag Harbor, and Zone One, demonstrating how they bend style tropes and technique literary motifs from a postracial point of view. evaluating the writer to his African American and American literary forebears, in addition to interpreting his literary ambivalence among post-blackness and postracialism, Colson Whitehead bargains readers a different perception to at least one of an important authors of the twenty-first century. As such, this ebook may be of curiosity to students of African American literature, American literature, African American reports, American reviews, multicultural reviews, gender reviews, and literary theory.

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