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Read online Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Beloved and Jazz now gives us a learned stylish and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race .

Toni Morrison s brilliant discussions of the Africanist presence in the fiction of Poe Melville Cather and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism manhood and innocence depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires .

Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre eminent place in modern letters Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students critics and scholars of American literature by Toni Morrison

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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Title:Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
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ISBN:0674673778
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Number of Pages:110
Category:Non fiction, Literary criticism, Race, Essays, Theory, Feminism, African american
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