A Case of MIS-Taken Identity: Detective Undercurrents in Recent African American Fiction

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The detective story, staple of Western popular culture, has undergone a transformation in recent African American fiction. In the work of Ishmael Reed, Toni Morrison, and Ralph Ellison, among others, a pattern of detection emerges which has its roots in African mythology and aesthetics. The traditionally marginal figure of the victim here takes center stage, and the investigation focuses not on -whodunit?- but on how to undo it: how to invalidate the victimization by resurrecting the victim as a fully autonomous, de ...

A Case of MIS-Taken Identity: Detective Undercurrents in Recent African American Fiction 1994, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften, New York

ISBN-13: 9780820423821

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