Signs and Cities : Black Literary Postmodernism
By: Dubey, Madhu.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007Description: 1 online resource (295 p.).ISBN: 9780226167282.Subject(s): African Americans | African Americans in literature | American literature - 20th century - History and criticism | American literature - African American authors - History and criticism | American literature | City and town life in literature | Postmodernism (Literature) | Postmodernism (Literature) - United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Signs and Cities : Black Literary PostmodernismDDC classification: 810.9/113/08996073 | 810.911308996073 LOC classification: PS153PS153.N5 DPS153.N5D83 2003Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Postmodern Moment in Black Literary and Cultural Studies; 2. Books of Life: Postmodern Uses of Print Literacy; 3. Urban Writing as Voyeurism: Literature in the Age of Spectacle; 4. Reading as Listening: The Southern Folk Aesthetic; 5. Reading as Mediation: Urbanity in the Age of Information; Afterword; Notes; Index
Signs and Cities is the first book to consider what it means to speak of a postmodern moment in African-American literature. Dubey argues that for African-American studies, postmodernity best names a period, beginning in the early 1970s, marked by acute disenchantment with the promises of urban modernity and of print literacy. Dubey shows how black novelists from the last three decades have reconsidered the modern urban legacy and thus articulated a distinctly African-American strain of postmodernism. She argues that novelists such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Ishmael Reed, Sapphire, and John Edgar Wideman probe the disillusionment of urban modernity through repeated recourse to tropes of the book and scenes of reading and writing. Ultimately, she demonstrates that these writers view the book with profound ambivalence, construing it as an urban medium that cannot recapture the face-to-face communities assumed by oral and folk forms of expression.
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