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Author Jay, Gregory S., author

Title White writers, race matters : fictions of racial liberalism from Stowe to Stockett / Gregory S. Jay
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Oxford studies in American literary history
Oxford studies in American literary history
Contents Sympathy in action: Stowe, Twain, and the origins of liberal race fiction -- How it feels to be a trade-mark: Fannie Hurst's Imitation of life -- Jew like me: empathy and antisemitism in Laura Zametkin Hobson's Gentleman;s agreement -- Desegregating liberalism: radical identifications in lillian Smith's Strange fruit and Killers of the dream -- Queer children and representative men: Harper Lee's To kill a mockingbird -- Speaking of abjection: white writing and black resistance in Kathryn Stockett's The help
Summary White Writers, Race Matters explores the popular tradition of white-authored novels about racism in America. What explains their success, and what are their limitations? This study examines these questions through rich case studies combining biography, historical analysis, close reading, and literary theory to map the significance of this genre and its ongoing relevance
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American fiction -- White authors -- History and criticism
Liberalism in literature
Race discrimination in literature
Race relations in literature
American fiction -- White authors.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
Liberalism in literature.
Race discrimination in literature.
Race relations in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0190687231 (electronic bk.)
9780190687236 (electronic bk.)