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Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire, and: Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (review)

Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire, and: Whitewashing Race: The Myth of... Review Essay Alfred J. López, ed., Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire Albany: State University of New York Press, 25,00 x + 21 p 6 p. Michael K. Brown, Martin Carnoy, Elliott Currie, Troy Duster, David B. Oppenheimer, Marjorie M. Shultz, and David Wellman, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 23,00 xi + 338 pp. It has been almost ftfiy years since Harry Levin, who ae ft r World War II was a leader in reinvigorating comparative literature in the United States, published e Th Power of Blackness. Given that “black” was not then widely recognized as a racial term, this myth-oriented study of American c fi tion did not address race in any detail, analyz - ing instead an array of archetypal undercurrents in Melville, Hawthorne, and Poe. e c Th ontrast with “whiteness studies,” as illustrated by the two books under review here, could hardly be greater, for this new e fi ld faces racial issues head on, thinks in terms of historical contingencies rather than mythic continuities, and stresses sociocultural and political contexts in addition to or even more than literary or linguistic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire, and: Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 31 – May 29, 2007

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Review Essay Alfred J. López, ed., Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire Albany: State University of New York Press, 25,00 x + 21 p 6 p. Michael K. Brown, Martin Carnoy, Elliott Currie, Troy Duster, David B. Oppenheimer, Marjorie M. Shultz, and David Wellman, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 23,00 xi + 338 pp. It has been almost ftfiy years since Harry Levin, who ae ft r World War II was a leader in reinvigorating comparative literature in the United States, published e Th Power of Blackness. Given that “black” was not then widely recognized as a racial term, this myth-oriented study of American c fi tion did not address race in any detail, analyz - ing instead an array of archetypal undercurrents in Melville, Hawthorne, and Poe. e c Th ontrast with “whiteness studies,” as illustrated by the two books under review here, could hardly be greater, for this new e fi ld faces racial issues head on, thinks in terms of historical contingencies rather than mythic continuities, and stresses sociocultural and political contexts in addition to or even more than literary or linguistic

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 29, 2007

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