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Race and Racism in Literature by Charles E., Jr. Wilson


Race and Racism in Literature by Charles E., Jr. Wilson

Issues of race and racism permeate American society and are of central concern to students and teachers. The chapters in this reference explore how these issues have been addressed in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Native Son, The House on Mango Street, Ceremony, and other major novels widely read by high school students. The works discussed reflect racial issues from a range of cultural perspectives. Each chapter is devoted to a particular novel and provides a plot summary, an overview of the work's historical background, a literary analysis, and suggestions for further reading. Issues of race and racism have long permeated American society and continue to be among the most important social concerns today. This volume explores how racial issues have been treated in a dozen major novels widely read by high school students and undergraduates. The works discussed are from different historical periods and reflect a range of cultural perspectives, including African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Italian American, Jewish American, and Jewish-Arab experiences. The volume begins with an introductory essay on race and racism in literature. Each of the chapters that follow examines a particular novel, including:; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Native Son; The House on Mango Street; Ceremony; The Chosen; And others. Each chapter includes a plot summary, an overview of the work's historical background, a discussion of overt and subtle racism in the novel, and suggestions for further reading.


[E]xamining major writings which have addressed race issues, from Native Son and The Chosen to House on Mango Street. The focus on selected novels allows for not just plot summaries and critical commentary, but for a review of the book's history and analysis of how racism is portrayed...Recommended. - MBR Bookwatch [T]his collection of essays addresses issues of race and racism in a dozen novels of diverse perspectives. Wilson introduces the volume by distinguishing between overt and institutional racism. Discussions of novels from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Nora Okja Keller's Fox Girl include a plot synopsis, historical background, and literary analysis. - Reference & Research Book News Worthwhile additions for schools with an integrated curriculum. - School Library Journal

About the Author

Charles E. Wilson, Jr. is University Professor and Professor of English at Old Dominion University. His previous publications include Walter Mosley: A Critical Companion (2003) and Gloria Naylor: A Critical Companion (2001), both available from Greenwood Press.

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Publication date

30th April 2005


Charles E., Jr. Wilson

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Greenwood Press an imprint of ABC-CLIO


176 pages


Literary studies: general
Social discrimination & inequality
Ethnic studies



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