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Title: Reading, writing, and re-writing : the black body in contemporary African-American literature
Authors: Djawoto, Olivia
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Literature
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Djawoto, O. (2018). Reading, writing, and re-writing : the black body in contemporary African-American literature. Master's thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: Through an examination of three contemporary African-American writers, this thesis seeks to explore the ways the black body is constructed through their negotiating of their own corporeal vulnerability to racial discourse. Turning to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog, this thesis will examine the ways in which these writers have attempted to craft the black body as a site of challenge to these discourses, and how it, even in its failure, still engenders new ways of thinking about blackness. If racism is a rhetoric that has been written upon the black body, I argue that contemporary African-American writers, in complicating the relationship between the reader and the black writer, re-negotiate the power dynamics involved in the reading and writing of black bodies to engage in an unceasing re-writing of it.
DOI: 10.32657/10356/73860
Schools: School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Fulltext Permission: open
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