Richard Wright's Native Son

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Rodopi, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 233 pages
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Coinciding with the preparations for the celebration in 2008 of Richard Wright's 100th birthday, this new collection of critical essays onNative Son attests to the importance and endurance of Wright's controversial work. The eleven essays collected in this volume engage the objective of Rodopi's Dialogue Series by creating multidirectional conversations in which senior and younger scholars interact with each other and with previous scholars who have weighed in on the novel's import. Speaking from distant corners of the world, the contributors to this book reflect an international interest in Wright's unique combination of literary strategies and social aims. The wide range of approaches to Native Son is presented in five thematic sections. The first three sections cover aspects such as the historical reception of Wright's novel, the inscription of sex and gender both inNative Son and in other African American texts, and the influence of Africa and of vortical symbolism on Wright's aesthetics; following is the study of the novel from the point of view of its adoption and transformation of various literary genres—the African American jeremiad, the protest novel, the crime novel and courtroom drama, theBildungsroman, and the Biblical modes of narration. The closing section analyzes the novel's lasting influence through its adaptation to other artistic fields, such as the cinema and song in the form of hip-hop. The present volume may, therefore, be of interest for students who are not very familiar with Wright's classic text as well as for scholars and Richard Wright specialists.
 

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Contents

IV
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V
21
VI
37
VII
39
VIII
55
IX
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X
75
XI
91
XIII
119
XIV
143
XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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An Afro-Americanist, Ana María Fraile currently teaches postcolonial literatures at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her more recent publications include the bookPlanteamientos estéticos y políticos en la obra de Zora Neale Hurston (2003); chapters about Zora Neale Hurston, Gayl Jones, Alice Walker and Joy Kogawa in the Rodopi series Perspectives on Modern Literature, edited by David Bevan; and journal articles on African American women writers such as Toni Morrison. She is also the editor of bilingual (English/ Spanish) editions on the works of Jacob A. Riis,Como vive la otra mitad, Langston Hughes, Oscuridad en España, and Zora Neale Hurston,Mi gente! Mi gente!, and the co-editor of The Impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms(1982-2002): European Perspectives. She has been the recepient of numerous grants and scholarships, among which are the Fulbright research grant, and several scholarships granted by the Canadian Government in the framework of the Foreign Affairs Faculty Enrichment Program.

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