Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (New Americanists)

Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (New Americanists)

By: Sharon Patricia Holland (author)Paperback

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Raising the Dead is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary exploration of death's relation to subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature and culture. Sharon Patricia Holland contends that black subjectivity in particular is connected intimately to death. For Holland, travelling through "the space of death" gives us, as cultural readers, a nuanced and appropriate metaphor for understanding what is at stake when bodies, discourses, and communities collide. Holland argues that the presence of blacks, Native Americans, women, queers, and other "minorities" in society is, like death, "almost unspeakable." She gives voice to-or raises-the dead through her examination of works such as the movie Menace II Society, Toni Morrison's novel Beloved, Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, Randall Kenan's A Visitation of Spirits, and the work of the all-white, male, feminist hip-hop band Consolidated. In challenging established methods of literary investigation by putting often-disparate voices in dialogue with each other, Holland forges connections among African-American literature and culture, queer and feminist theory. Raising the Dead will be of interest to students and scholars of American culture, African-American literature, literary theory, gender studies, queer theory, and cultural studies.

About Author

Sharon Patricia Holland is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University.


Acknoweldgments ix Introduction: Raising the Dead 1 1 Death and the Nations Subjects 13 2 Bakulu Discourse: Bodies Made "Flesh" in Toni Morrison's Beloved 41 3 Telling the Story of Genocide in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead 68 4 (Pro)Creating Imaginative Spaces and Other Queer Acts 103 5 "From this Moment Forth, We Are Black Lesbians": Querying Feminism and Killing the Self in Consolidated's Business of Punishment 124 6 Critical Conversations at the Boundary between Life and Death 149 Epilogue 175 Notes 183 Selected Bibliography 209 Index 227

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  • ISBN13: 9780822324997
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780822324997
  • ISBN10: 0822324997

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