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The Resource The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance : Reading Modernity Through Black Women's Fiction, Carole Anne Taylor

The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance : Reading Modernity Through Black Women's Fiction, Carole Anne Taylor

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The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance : Reading Modernity Through Black Women's Fiction
Title
The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance
Title remainder
Reading Modernity Through Black Women's Fiction
Statement of responsibility
Carole Anne Taylor
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Language
eng
Summary
Carole Anne Taylor explores the network of cultural relations that links tragic and comic theory to views of what can or cannot be known or felt and what can or cannot be done. Reconceiving tragic and comic resistance through readings of works by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Toni Cade Bambara, and South African-born Bessie Head, she demonstrates how these writers elaborate the interconnections between a comedy that affirms wholesome normalcy in the face of terror and a tragedy that finds something terribly wrong in the social order itself. Paradoxically, she contends, these works place the highest value not on texts, reading, and writing, but on actual relationship and social action. Looking backward, Taylor next does a "recursive reading" of some problematic works by William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, and Zora Neale Hurston that have often been considered precursors of the "postmodern." Reading these earlier authors under the influence of contemporary texts and current theory explains modern artfulness or its lack, even when representations of the terrible and the funny offer conflicted relations to power and conflicted sites for readerly response. Taylor argues that the ellipsis of certain tragic and comic modes, particularly in theories of how and when the modern becomes the postmodern, corresponds to the repression of intercultural dialogue on a broader scale. Throughout, she makes a strong case that the tragedy and comedy of resistance should lie at the heart of theories of a critical (post)modernity--and can illuminate the connections between how to read and how to live in the world
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DEGRU
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Taylor, Carole Anne
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction
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  • American fiction
  • Women and literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • African American women
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • African American women in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
  • African American women in literature
  • African American women
  • African Americans in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Women and literature
  • United States
Label
The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance : Reading Modernity Through Black Women's Fiction, Carole Anne Taylor
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Publication
Copyright
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online resource
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Who Owns the Terror in Absalom, Absalom!?: Quentin's Marriage and Clytie's Fire
  • 5. Literary Passing: Ida, "Melanctha," and the Andrew-gyne
  • 6. World-Traveling as Modal Skid: Hurston and Vodou
  • Epilogue: Critical (Post)modernity: At the Borders of Arrogance and Possibility
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Prologue: Ideologies of the Terrible and the Funny
  • Part I. Revising Postmodernity: Storytelling as Theory
  • 1. The Tragedy of Slavery and the Footprints' Fit: Vicarious Witnessing in Beloved
  • 2. Humor, Subjectivity, Unctuousness: The Case of Laughter in The Color Purple and The Women of Brewster Place
  • 3. Tragedy and Comedy Reborn(e): The Critical Soul-Journeys in A Question of Power and The Salt Eaters
  • Part II. Reading Recursively: Against Modernism's Apartheid
Control code
ocn979585810
Edition
Reprint 2016
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781512819595
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9781512819595
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv4rv8c6
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)979585810
Label
The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance : Reading Modernity Through Black Women's Fiction, Carole Anne Taylor
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Who Owns the Terror in Absalom, Absalom!?: Quentin's Marriage and Clytie's Fire
  • 5. Literary Passing: Ida, "Melanctha," and the Andrew-gyne
  • 6. World-Traveling as Modal Skid: Hurston and Vodou
  • Epilogue: Critical (Post)modernity: At the Borders of Arrogance and Possibility
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Prologue: Ideologies of the Terrible and the Funny
  • Part I. Revising Postmodernity: Storytelling as Theory
  • 1. The Tragedy of Slavery and the Footprints' Fit: Vicarious Witnessing in Beloved
  • 2. Humor, Subjectivity, Unctuousness: The Case of Laughter in The Color Purple and The Women of Brewster Place
  • 3. Tragedy and Comedy Reborn(e): The Critical Soul-Journeys in A Question of Power and The Salt Eaters
  • Part II. Reading Recursively: Against Modernism's Apartheid
Control code
ocn979585810
Edition
Reprint 2016
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781512819595
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9781512819595
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv4rv8c6
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)979585810

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