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White flights : race, fiction, and the American imagination / Jess Row.

Row, Jess, (author.).
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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Eckhart PL - Auburn Plaza 810 ROW (Text) 840191002734491 Auburn Plaza - New Adult Nonfiction Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781555978327
  • ISBN: 1555978320
  • Physical Description: 310 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-308).
Formatted Contents Note:
Eating the blame : the question of reparative writing -- On seeing, waking, and being woke -- Beautiful shame (or, what we talk about when we talk about white writing) -- White flights -- Parts of us not made at home -- What is the point of this way of dying : a white blues -- White out.
Summary, etc.:
"White Flights is a meditation on whiteness in American fiction and culture from the end of the civil rights movement to the present. At the heart of the book, Jess Row ties "white flight"--the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or newly gentrified downtowns--to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes, from the mountains of Idaho in Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping to the claustrophobic households in Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. Row uses brilliant close readings of work from well-known writers such as Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, Richard Ford, and David Foster Wallace to examine the ways these and other writers have sought imaginative space for themselves at the expense of engaging with race. White Flights aims to move fiction to a more inclusive place, and Row looks beyond criticism to consider writing as a reparative act. What would it mean, he asks, if writers used fiction "to approach each other again"? Row turns to the work of James Baldwin, Dorothy Allison, and James Alan McPherson to discuss interracial love in fiction, while also examining his own family heritage as a way to interrogate his position. A moving and provocative book that includes music, film, and literature in its arguments, White Flights is an essential work of cultural and literary criticism."
Subject: American literature > History and criticism
Caucasian race in literature.
Race in literature

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