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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination review Ô 103 ò ➽ [Download] ✤ Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination By Toni Morrison ➲ – An immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that opens a new chapter in the AmeAn immensely persuasive work of literary criticism the Dark PDF #10003 that opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on raceandpromises to change the way we read American literatureMorrison shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism manhood and innocence depended on the existence of a black population that was. Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors; her blend of style fierce intelligence ambition daring and tenderness is rare to find in American authors today More than anything Morrison wants to write books that matter that challenge our preconceptions and prejudices and force us to acknowledge our complicity in social problems Playing in the Dark is a book that matters In it Morrison engages in a fascinating critical project to trace an Africanist presence through American literature and see how people of African descent have been used in literature as ways to talk about freedom bondage passion discipline class sex power By Africanist Morrison is referring to the denotative and connotative blackness that African peoples have come to signify as well as the entire range of views assumptions readings and misreadings that accompany Eurocentric learning about these people p6 7 It's an intriguing important idea and one well worth looking into Morrison offers some generalized thoughts about the matter and also talks about looking at how the Africanist presence in American literature can be seen as a way to by contrast construct a portrait of what whiteness is supposed to be She then moves on to some inspired readings of Cather's Sapphira and the Slave Girl Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym Twain's Huckleberry Finn perhaps the best of the intrepretations offered and Hemingway's To Have and Have Not and The Garden of Eden Unfortunately this book is simply too short it's a scant ninety pages Morrison's ideas entice and seduce us but it is over all too soon More case studies ranging over a wider time period in American literature would be helpful Too Morrison makes claims that need to be corroborated but aren't in the book For example she makes the claim that images of whiteness and paleness usually appear to close a narrative in which there is a strong Africanist presence saying They the images appear so often and in such particular circumstance that they give pause p33 All well and good but she gives us no than the solitary example of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym This book is still definitely worth looking into for anyone interested in race and American fiction It's just too bad that Morrison could not have delineated her ideas fully

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Dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary traditionWritten with the artistic vision that has earned the Nobel Prize winning author a pre eminent place in modern letters Playing in the Darkis an invaluable read for avid Morrison admirers as well as students critics and scholars of American literature. So much to think about in this book a game changer when it comes to reader theory esp her writerly approach to answering knotty uestions on raciailised societies as reflected in US literature

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Playing in the Dark Whiteness and the Literary ImaginationManifestly unfree and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desiresAccording to the Chicago Tribune Morrison reimagines and remaps the possibility of America Her brilliant discussions of the Africanist presence in the fiction of Poe Melville Cather and Hemingway leads to a Playing in ePUB #187. A short work containing versions of three lectures originally delivered at Harvard in 1990; in which Toni Morrison discusses the significance of the ‘black’ presence on the ‘white’ literary imagination Her discussion draws on close readings of work by a range of American writers including Willa Cather’s ‘Sapphira and the Slave Girl’ Hemingway’s ‘To Have and Have Not’ Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Her textual analysis combined with her wider insights into literature produced in a ‘racialised’ society makes for illuminating reading for instance on the significance of the ‘othering’ of the African American in ‘white’ literature often appearing or assumed as the ‘enslaved’ figure representing the ‘not free’ and the ‘not me’ against which notions of 'universal' liberty are constructed Her discussion of specific texts such as Cather’s novel are particularly striking