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Post-Racial Realities
Kozyrakis, Yulia

HaupttitelPost-Racial Realities
TitelzusatzPassing Narratives in Contemporary U.S. Fiction
TitelvarianteRealitäten der Ära von Post-Race
Zusatz zur TitelvarianteNarrative des passing in der zeitgenössischen U.S. Literatur
AutorKozyrakis, Yulia
Geburtsort: Lugansk, Ukraine
GutachterProf. Dr. Ulla Haselstein
weitere GutachterProf. Dr. Ruth Mayer
Freie Schlagwörterpassing; race; ethnicity; blackness; whiteness; identity; performativity; narrative; neo-realism
DDC810 Englische Literatur Amerikas
ZusammenfassungPassing for a member of another race, which in U.S. literature traditionally refers to the practice of passing for white, has always been a part of the American cultural imaginary. The figure of the racial border-crosser, visually ambiguous and bearing the potential to undermine racial distinctions aroused a level of literary fascination that widely exceeded the actual practice of passing. In my study I explore the way that the genre of the passing narrative, which developed in the decades around 1900, re-entered the literary scene in the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century, and why it continues to occupy the writers’ and readers’ minds. My analysis of passing is based on three contemporary novels: Caucasia by Danzy Senna (1998), The Human Stain by Philip Roth (2000), and The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers (2004). In close readings of these three novels, I will analyze how fictional narratives fulfil at least two functions: On the one hand, through fictional engagement with specific historically situated experiences, novels on passing seek to disclose dominating and dominated cultural ideas, concepts, and ideologies of race. On the other hand, while they reflect upon existing ideas, contemporary novels at the same time create alternative fictional realities which offer new narratives of re-signification, and influence the readers’ own processes of identification.
InhaltsverzeichnisILLUSTRATIONS V
1. INTRODUCTION 1
1.1. REPEATING THE PARENTS’ HISTORY? THE RETURN OF THE RACIAL PASSER 5
1.2. FOCUSING ON THE PASSING FIGURE 15
1.3. THE GENRE OF THE PASSING NOVEL 27
1.4. THE REPERTOIRE OF RACE: LABELS, TERMS, AND DEFINITIONS 35
2. THE BOXER IN THE RING: NARRATING IDENTITY IN THE HUMAN STAIN BY PHILIP ROTH 42
2.1. FICTIONS OF IDENTITY AND IDENTITY AS FICTION 48
2.2. THE BOXING RING AS A STAGE 55
2.3. RACIAL ENCOUNTERS: AMERICAN JEWS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS 67
2.4. IDENTITY FORMATION AND SOCIAL RECOGNITION 84
3. THE RECITALIST: MUSIC AND RACIAL RDENTITY IN THE TIME OF OUR SINGING BY RICHARD POWERS 94
3.1. LIFE BEYOND COLOR 97
3.2. STAGING RACIAL PERFORMANCE 117
3.3. PERFORMATIVE IDENTITY AND THE SPECIAL CASE OF THE PASSING FIGURE 123
4. THE TRAVELER: THE POST-SOUL PASSING FIGURE IN CAUCASIA BY DANZY SENNA 146
4.1. “THIS IS WHAT I REMEMBER”: THE NARRATIVE OF BIRDIE LEE 152
4.2. LANGUAGE, NARRATIVE VOICE, AND AGENCY 163
4.3. “THERE’S A MIRROR LOOKING BACK AT YOU” 173
4.4. CONTEMPORARY NOVELS OF PASSING AND THE POST-SOUL GENERATION 181
5. AFTERWORD. READING FICTION UNDER FALSE ASSUMPTIONS? 191
5.1. POSTHUMOUS PASSING FOR BLACK: EMMA DUNHAM KELLEY-HAWKINS 196
5.2. WHEN BLACK SUDDENLY TURNS WHITE 205
5.3. CONCLUDING REMARKS 212
BIBLIOGRAPHY 220
ENGLISH ABSTRACT 234
DEUTSCHE ZUSAMMENFASSUNG 238
PUBLICATIONS 243
CURRICULUM VITAE 244
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Seitenzahl246 Seiten
Fachbereich/EinrichtungFB Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften
Erscheinungsjahr2016
Dokumententyp/-SammlungenDissertation
Medientyp/FormatText
SpracheEnglisch
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Tag der Disputation02.02.2015
Erstellt am22.03.2016 - 14:37:22
Letzte Änderung30.03.2016 - 10:56:42
 
Statische URLhttp://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000101616
URNurn:nbn:de:kobv:188-fudissthesis000000101616-6
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E-Mail-Adresseykozyrakis@gmail.com