Blackness and Modernism: The Literary Career of John Edgar Wideman

Blackness and Modernism: The Literary Career of John Edgar Wideman

Blackness and Modernism: The Literary Career of John Edgar Wideman

Blackness and Modernism: The Literary Career of John Edgar Wideman

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The study of a literary master emerging from "modernism" into the rich heritage of black tradition, black aesthetics, & black culture.

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During his career as a writer-intellectual, John Edgar Wideman in his personal life has overcome feelings of alienation from the black community and has reoriented himself as a participant in black culture. in his fiction, I contend, Wideman has effected a similar shift, using modernism and postmodernism to bring his intellectual characters out of their isolation and into contact with the needs, concerns, and traditions of black people generally. Before he could write about this shift, Wideman had to inform himself about black culture. An eight-year period of immersion in the works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors gave him the resources he needed. Using them, he was able to circumvent modernism's deadend, pessimistic worldview and at the same time to chart a new course for other, similarly estranged black intellectuals.

I identify three main stages in Wideman's career: the early books . . .

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