This study explores the social and discursive spaces and practices of whiteness in its social, cultural, political, ideological, and individual implications. The work examines the ways in which various African American novels deconstruct whiteness as an ideological appropriation of social space by delineating the relational status of the white identity.
Dr. Emine Lale Demirturk is Associate Professor of American Literature in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Iowa.
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Theorizing Whiteness and Deconstructing Normative Spaces; Part I: Configurations of the White Mind and the Crisis of Whiteness; 1. Mapping the Terrain of Whiteness: Richard Wright's Savage Holiday; Part II: Historical Construction of Colonial Whiteness; 2. Reading the Contours of Dynamic Whiteness in African American Women's Neo-Slave Narratives; Part III: Corporeal Whiteness and Strategic Identifications; 3. Passing for White and the Politics of Location: Negotiating the Boundaries of Whiteness; Part IV: Positing the Body in the Discourse of Whiteness: Shifting and Concealed Identities; 4. Dismantling the Discourse of Desire for Whiteness in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye; 5. Postcolonial Reflections on the Discourse of Whiteness: Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People; Part V: Whiteness and the City: Social and Symbolic Urban Spaces; 6. Racialized Spatial Zones in the Metropolitan City: Louise Meriwether's Daddy Was a Number Runner; 7. Alternative Conceptions of (Post)modern Urban Whiteness: Resisting and Revisioning the White City in Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist; Bibliography; Index.