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Black subjects : identity formation in the contemporary narrative of slavery
Black subjects : identity formation in the contemporary narrative of slavery
Keizer, Arlene R.2004
Articles
'Black Subjects' shows how African American & Caribbean writers' theories of identity formation, which arise from the varieties of black experience re-imagined in fiction, force a reconsideration of the conceptual bases of established theories of subjectivity.Subject: This book argues that contemporary black writers in the United States and the Anglophone Caribbean are intervening in a theoretical debate about identity in the African diaspora through representations of slavery. Rather than viewing contemporary literary works solely as texts to which established theories can be applied, the author contends that these literary works themselves theorize about the nature and formation of black subjects, under the slave system and in the present, by utilizing slave characters and the condition of slavery as focal points. In each chapter, a theory derived from fictional works is examined in light of more established theories of subject formation, such as psychoanalysis, Althusserian interpellation, performance theory in relation to identity, and theories, such as Fredric Jameson's, about the formation of postmodern subjects under late capitalism. Black writers' theories of identity formation, which arise from the particularity and expertise.
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Imprint:
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2004.Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2004.
Collation:
xiii, 200 pages ; 23 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780801489044 (pbk)
Dewey class:
813.5093552AR.2.01KEI
Local class:
AR.2.01/KEI
Language:
English
BRN:
1567091
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