Minority Reports

Identity and Social Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
2010. Buch. xv, 183 S.: Bibliographien. Hardcover
Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-0-230-62263-0
Format (B x L): 14 x 21,6 cm
Gewicht: 383 g
In englischer Sprache
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Through close readings of texts by African American and women authors, Minority Reports offers a theoretical defense of the use of identity categories in American studies by examining how early American literature not only responds to the social stratification of the nineteenth century but also challenges modern historical conceptions of this era.
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Minority Reports joins recent efforts to re-conceptualize some of the theoretical paradigms initially developed in ethnic, gay and lesbian, and women's studies. This text advances scholarship in these fields by emphasizing the intersections among identity categories in the nineteenth century (and particularly on how sexual identity can become implicated in racialization). Minority Reports thus not only revises conventional interpretations of early American texts; it also calls for a broader rethinking of the theoretical paradigms frequently used to examine minority identity within literary and cultural analysis The broad-based appeal of Minority Reports will make it attractive to scholars of American literature, historians, and specialists in African American, sexuality, and critical race studies. Because the study is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, it has the potential to serve as an introduction to the thought and aesthetics of early African American and women writers. Therefore, it may also prove valuable as a text in upper-division or graduate-level courses in American, African American, and sexuality studies Whereas much contemporary scholarship on realist theories of identity tends to focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century culture, little attention has been paid to the ways that early American authors engaged similar issues and concerns. Minority Reports fills in this scholarly gap