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Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States

Edited by James J. Donahue, Jennifer Ann Ho, and Shaun Morgan

268 pp. 6 x 9
Pub Date: September, 2017

Subjects: Literary Theory, American Literary Studies, American Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies, Race & Ethnicity

Series: Theory and Interpretation of Narrative

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Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States, edited by James J. Donahue, Jennifer Ho, and Shaun Morgan, is the first book-length volume of essays devoted to studying the intersection of race/ethnicity and narrative theories. Each chapter offers a sustained engagement with narrative theory and critical race theory as applied to ethnic American literature, exploring the interpretive possibilities of this critical intersection. Taken as a whole, these chapters demonstrate some of the many ways that the formal study of narrative can help us better understand the racial/ethnic tensions of narrative fictions. Similarly, the essays advance the tools of narrative theory by redeploying or redesigning those tools to better account for and articulate the ways that race and ethnicity are formal components of narrative as well as thematic issues.

Recognizing that racial/ethnic issues and tensions are often contextualized geographically, this volume focuses on narratives associated with various racial and ethnic communities in the United States. By engaging with new developments in narrative theory and critical race studies, this volume demonstrates the vitality of using the tools of narratology and critical race theory together to understand how race influences narrative and how narratology illuminates a reading of race in ethnic American literature.

James J. Donahue is Associate Professor of English and Communication at SUNY Potsdam. Jennifer Ho is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shaun Morgan is Associate Professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan University.



Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States
James J. Donahue

Chapter 1
What Asian American Studies and Narrative Theory Can Do for Each Other
Sue J. Kim

Chapter 2
Narrative Form, Ideal Readerships, and Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo
Christopher González

Chapter 3
Narrative Disidentification: Beginnings in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
Catherine Romagnolo

Chapter 4
Narrative Process and Cultural Identity in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
Stephen Spencer

Chapter 5
Black World / White World: Narrative Worldmaking in Jim Crow America
Blake Wilder

Chapter 6
Postblack Unnatural Narrative—Or, Is the Implied Author of Percival Everett’s I Am Not Sidney Poitier Black?
Christian Schmidt

Chapter 7
The Presumptions of Whiteness in Ann Petry’s Country Place
Stephanie Li

Chapter 8
“One Silence Had Led to Another”: Strategic Paralipsis and a Non-Normative Narrator in Bitter in the Mouth
Patrick E. Horn

Chapter 9
Rhetorical Narrative Theory and Native American Literature: The Antimimetic in Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water
Joseph Coulombe

Chapter 10
Narration on the Lower Frequencies in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
Sterling Lecater Bland Jr.

Chapter 11
Race as Interpretive Lens: Focalization and Critique of Globalization in Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Sexy”
Shaun Morgan

Chapter 12
Race, Cosmopolitanism, and the Complexities of Belonging in the Open City: Teju Cole’s Transcontinental Aesthetics
Claudia Breger

Chapter 13
Caribbean Book Nerds: Recentering to Possible Worlds in Judith Cofer and Junot Díaz Deborah Noel

Chapter 14
Homo-Narrative Capture, Racial Proximity, and the Queer Latino Child
Roy Pérez

Afterword Intersections and Future Connections
Jennifer Ann Ho

Works Cited

List of Contributors


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