Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop: by Stephany Rose

By Stephany Rose

Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop examines white American male literature for its social statement at the development of whiteness within the usa. Whiteness has continually been a contested racial id within the united states, one in a nation of building and reconstruction all through severe cultural and historic moments. this article examines how white American male writers have grappled with figuring out themselves and their audiences as white beings.

Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop in particular brings a severe whiteness method of American literary feedback and strengthens the growing to be interdisciplinary box of severe whiteness stories within the humanities. serious whiteness reviews shifts the eye from completely studying humans and views of colour in race discourse to addressing whiteness as a vital part of race ideology. the first contribution of this attitude is in how whites build and spot whiteness, for the bigger function of exploring the probabilities of the way they might come to now not build and spot themselves via whiteness. knowing this can be on the middle of latest discussions of post-raciality.

Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop makes use of the next texts as canonical case reviews: Puddn’head Wilson and people outstanding Twins through Mark Twain, the nice Gatsby and the gorgeous and the Damned through F. Scott Fitzgerald, and indignant Black White Boy and the tip of the Jews by means of Adam Mansbach. each one underscores the dialectic of formation, deformation, and reformation of whiteness at particular socio-historical moments dependent upon anxieties approximately race possessed through whites and highlighted by means of white fictionists. the chosen writers eventually serve dually as co-constructors of whiteness and social critics in their instances via their literature.

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Org/node/2424/print. Introduction 19 27. A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald ed. Kirk Curnutt (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004); Jeffrey Meyers, Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994). 28. Shelley Fischer Fishkin, Was Huck Black? (New York: Oxford, 1993) 6; Justin Kaplan, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1966) 174. 29. Fishkin, Was Huck Black? (1993) 14; Philip S. Foner, Mark Twain: Social Critic (New York: International Publishers, 1958) 262264.

17 In doing so, his literature is marked by elements of disjunctive illusions where one exists in a state of delusion or disconnection between multiple imaginations or consciousnesses and reality; in other words, what is seen or understood by the conscience is not always what is. In order to criticize society and remain popular with his mass audience, Twain often employed humor to mask offense. The use of satire, embellishment, and exaggeration as his personal tools is seen early in his career as a writer with his newspaper sketches.

31. Some will probably raise the issue of whether white (as a racial identity) and whiteness are interchangeable. They are to certain degrees. My use of white is as a racial identity, whereas whiteness is a sensibility, a way of experiencing the world. 32. David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of An American Working Class (1999). 33. ” International Labor and Working-Class History 60 (2001) 34. 34. Kwame Anthony Appiah, “The Conservation of ‘Race,’” Black American Literature Forum 23, no.

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