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ISBN: 0822334887Издательство: Duke University Press
Год издания: 2005
Book DescriptionDuring the 1940s, in response to the charge that his writing was filled with violence, Richard Wright replied that the manner came from the matter, that the ?relationship of the American Negro to the American scene [was] essentially violent,? and that he could deny neither the violence he had witnessed nor his own existence as a product of racial violence. Abdul R. JanMohamed provides extraordinary insight into Wright’s position in this, the first study to explain the fundamental ideological and political functions of the threat of lynching in Wright’s work and thought. JanMohamed argues that Wright’s oeuvre is a systematic and thorough investigation of what he calls the death-bound-subject, the subject who is formed from infancy onward by the imminent threat of death. He shows that with each successive work, Wright delved deeper into the question of how living under a constant menace of physical violence affected his protagonists and how...