Reading Contemporary Black British and African American Women Writers: Race, Ethics, Narrative Form

1st Edition

Jean Wyatt, Sheldon George

Routledge
January 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 312 Pages
ISBN 9780367189280 - CAT# K417220
Series: Narrative Theory and Culture

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Summary

Contemporary African American and Black British Women Writers: Narrative, Race, Ethics brings together British and American scholars to explore how, in texts by contemporary black women writers in the U. S. and Britain, formal narrative techniques express new understandings of race or stimulate ethical thinking about race in a reader. Taken together, the essays also demonstrate that black women writers from both sides of the Atlantic borrow formal structures and literary techniques from one another to describe the workings of structural racism in the daily lives of black subjects and to provoke readers to think anew about race. Narratology has only recently begun to use race as a category of narrative theory. This collection seeks both to show the ethical effects of narrative form on individual readers and to foster reconceptualizations of narrative theory that account for the workings of race within literature and culture.

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