Postmodern literature and race by Len Platt, Sara Upstone

By Len Platt, Sara Upstone

Postmodernism and Race explores the query of the way dramatic shifts in conceptions of race within the overdue 20th and early twenty-first centuries were addressed by way of writers on the leading edge of both dramatic changes of literary shape. a gap part engages with the wide query of ways the geographical and political positioning of experimental writing informs its contribution to racial discourses, whereas later segments concentrate on crucial severe domain names inside this box: race and performativity, race and the modern kingdom, and postracial futures. With essays on a variety of modern writers, together with Bernadine Evaristo, Alasdair grey, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Levy, and Don DeLillo, this quantity makes an immense contribution to our figuring out of the politics and aesthetics of latest writing

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A key aspect of Senghor’s négritude, for which he and the entire movement have been criticised severely, is the affirmation of racial images celebrating merely blackness. That is, any negative trait that had been attributed to a black person is celebrated as a positive element. But this was clearly a reaction to racist colonialism. Like ‘African identity’, négritude is the sign, not of an essence, but of a reality coming into being, the sign of a declaration of agency. 30 ‘Race’ is simply that which emerges under the racist gaze.

Postcolonial analysis, by focusing on the experience of the racialised subject – particularly as represented in literature – reveals that despite the ambivalence surrounding the concept of race, the reason it remains one of the most potent categories of identity and difference lies in the reality of that historically determined experience of categorisation, discrimination and exclusion. Notes 1 It is difficult to embed this definition since the chronological use of the term is so tenacious. However, a chronological description of ‘postcolonial states’ – those decolonized states that came to independence in the 1960s – obscures the continuing reality of imperialism and neocolonialism.

The last fifty years have seen a lot of white male flight to the suburbs. ] What remain, mostly, are ethnic and cultural enclaves. 9 In this mapping of the post-1960s literary field as analogous to an earl­ier period in US urban history – the suburbanisation of the post-war ­decades – Franzen elides and mystifies the processes of urban redevelopment and 34 Madhu Dubey gentrification that were well underway at the time he published this essay, processes that were remaking urban racial geography in a manner exactly contrary to his account, leading to the massive displacement of racial minority populations from inner cities.

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