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Author Spaulding, A. Timothy.

Title Re-forming the past : history, the fantastic, and the postmodern slave narrative / A. Timothy Spaulding
Published Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2005
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Contents Introduction -- The slave narrative and its postmodern counterpart -- The conflation of time in Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada and Octavia Butler's Kindred -- Ghosts, haunted houses, and the legacy of slavery : Toni Morrison's Beloved and the gothic impulse -- Re-forming Black subjectivity : symbolic transculturation in Charles Johnson's Oxherding tale and Middle passage -- Beyond postmodernity : de-familiarizing the postmodern slave narrative
Summary "In Re-Forming the Past, A. Timothy Spaulding examines contemporary revisions of slave narratives that use elements of the fantastic to redefine the historical and literary constructions of American slavery. In their rejection of mimetic representation and traditional historiography, postmodern slave narratives such as Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada, Octavia Butler's Kindred, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Charles Johnson's Ox Herding Tale and Middle Passage, Jewelle Gomez's The Gilda Stories, and Samuel Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand set out to counter the usual slave narrative's reliance on realism and objectivity by creating alternative histories based on subjective, fantastic, and non-realistic representations of slavery. As these texts critique traditional conceptions of history, identity, and aesthetic form, they simultaneously re-invest these concepts with a political agency that harkens back to the original project of the 19th-century slave narratives." "In their rejection of mimetic representation and traditional historiography, Spaulding contextualizes postmodern slave narrative. By addressing both literary and popular African American texts, Re-Forming the Past expands discussions of both the African American literary tradition and postmodern culture."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-143) and index
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Subject Butler, Octavia E. Kindred.
Johnson, Charles, 1948- -- Knowledge -- History.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved.
Reed, Ishmael, 1938- Flight to Canada
Johnson, Charles, 1948-
Beloved (Morrison, Toni)
Flight to Canada (Reed, Ishmael)
African Americans in literature.
American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Fantasy fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Historical fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Postmodernism (Literature) -- United States.
Slavery in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005003203
ISBN 0814272754
9780814272756