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Author Charles, John C., 1968-

Title Abandoning the Black Hero : Sympathy and Privacy in the Postwar African American White-Life Novel
Published New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2012
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Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1. "I'm Regarded Fatally as a Negro Writer":Mid-Twentieth-Century Racial Discourseand the Rise of the White-Life Novel; Chapter 2. The Home and the Street: Ann Petry's"Rage for Privacy"; Chapter 3. White Masks and Queer Prisons; Chapter 4. Sympathy for the Master: Reforming Southern White Manhood in Frank Yerby'sThe Foxes of Harrow; Chapter 5. Talk about the South: Unspeakable Things Unspoken in Zora Neale Hurston'sSeraph on the Suwanee
Chapter 6. The Unfinished Project of Western Modernity:Savage Holiday, Moral Slaves, and the Problemof Freedom in Cold War AmericaConclusion; Notes; Works Cited; Index; About the Author
Summary Abandoning the Black Hero examines the motivations that led certain African American authors in mid-twentieth century to shift from writing protest novels about racial injustice to novels focusing primarily, if not exclusively on whites, or white-life novels. These fascinating works have been understudied despite having been written by such defining figures as Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Ann Petry, and Chester Himes, as well as lesser known but formerly best-selling auth
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Race in literature.
Whites in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author American Literatures Initiative.
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