MELUS

A journal concentrating on multi-ethnic American literature for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 4, Winter

Acts of Terrorism, or, Violence on A Sunday Morning in the South
Georgia Douglas Johnson (1877-1966) was part of the group of black female writers who participated in the American theater's protest against the lynching that afflicted African Americans throughout the early twentieth century. (1) In concert with Ruth...
An Existential Reading of Charles Wright's the Messenger
Twenty-five years before Farrar, Straus & Company published Charles Wright's The Messenger in 1963, Librairie Gallimard of France published Jean-Paul Sartre's novel, Nausea in 1938, and, two years before the publication of Wright's The Messenger,...
Black Orpheus: Richard Wright's "The Man Who Lived Underground"
"Leaving, then, the white world, I stepped within the veil, raising it that you may view faintly its deeper recesses." W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk 1903 "The Man Who Lived Underground" (1945) by Richard Wright tells the story of an...
Campus Xenophobia and the Multicultural Project: Ethical Criticism and Ishmael Reed's 'Japanese by Spring'
Expensively kept, economically unsound, a spurious and useless political asset in election campaigns, racism is as healthy today as it was during the Enlightenment. (63) --Toni Morrison, playing in the dark Although ethical criticism offers a...
Du Bois's Horizon: Documenting Movements of the Color Line
"The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line" In 1903 W. E. B. Du Bois's clarion call opened The Souls of Black Folk. But the color line of which he spoke was a line that had many different configurations throughout his...
Narrative and Community Crisis in Beloved
Toni Morrison's Beloved (1987) teems with violence. Morrison, who claims that "aggression is not as new to black women as it is to white women," has written that "there's a special kind of ... violence in writings by black women--not bloody violence,...
Parallel Perversions: Interracial and Same Sexuality in James Baldwin's Another Country
Nationalism ... assigned everyone his place in life, man and woman, normal and abnormal, native and foreigner; any confusion between these categories threatened chaos and loss of control. --George Mosse, Nationalism and Sexuality We hold these...
Phenomenology and Textual Power in Richard Wright's "The Man Who Lived Underground"
In Richard Wright's novella "The Man Who Lived Underground," Fred Daniels's descent into an underground sewer to evade the police, who had tortured him into confessing to a murder he did not commit, brings to his consciousness the wretchedness an African...
"To Be Loved and Cry Shame": A Psychological Reading of Toni Morrison's Beloved
The struggle for psychic wholeness is a continuous one in Toni Morrison's Beloved, a novel situated in slavery and its aftermath. It is a process which requires access to painful memories; the characters in the novel reintegrate, achieve "the join"...