Scenes of Instruction - CL

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Dezember 1999



A work of personal criticism by a leading Black male literary critic, combining memoir with readings of African American fiction.


Contents Acknowledgements; Author's Note; "Awkward" Silences Introduction: "Don't Be Like Your Father" Section I: The Mother's Mark Section II: "Are You Man Enough?" Section III: Chocolate City Section IV: "closed in silence" Section V: The Mother's Breast Coda: Tippin' In Works Cited or Consulted


Michael Awkward is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His previous books include "Negotiating Difference: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Positionality" and "Inspiriting Influences: Tradition, Revision, and Afro-American Women's Novels."


"Each page of this book is filled with significance, each page a work of art. Awkward revisits his past from multiple perspectives-through his own body as a child or teen, and in a kind of outer body experience as a scholar reflecting on why things happened the way they did. Scenes of Instruction is one of those rare memoirs that will last a long time." - Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America "Scenes of Instruction marks an important contribution to various subgenres of memoir. Awkward gives insights on what it means to make the radical cultural shift from black economic poverty to the brutalising world of extreme white privilege. He crosses from one shore to another (a remarkable cultural journey, presented here with intelligence and sensitivity), and generously allows the reader to understand what that crossing costs, on any number of levels." - Cathy Davidson, author of 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan "Unafraid of his own brilliance, Michael Awkward has given us a penetrating portrait of the growth of an intellectual, of a man, and of an African American. He uses his honesty to illuminate the wounds into which his keen intelligence slices, and his invaluable insights are a balm toward understanding. In dealing with blackness and gender and double-consciousness and class, Scenes of Instruction goes to the hearts of the matter."-Randall Kenan
EAN: 9780822324027
ISBN: 0822324024
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 1999
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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