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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

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  • Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press) – Hardcover (1992)
    by Toni Morrison

    Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

    Hardcover, Harvard University Press
    1992
    English
    91 pages

    ISBN: 0674673778
    ISBN-13: 9780674673779

    Morrison ponders the effect that living in a historically racialized society has had on American writing in the 19th and 20th centuries. She argues that race has become a metaphor, a way of referring to forces, events and forms of social decay, economic division and human panic. Her point is that the central characteristics of American literature - individualism, masculinity, the insistence upon innocence coupled to an obsession with figurations of death and hell - are responses to a dark and abiding Africanist presence. ... Show more

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