Off Whiteness: Place, Blood, and Tradition in Post-Reconstruction Southern Literature

Hopkins, Izabela Maria (2020) Off Whiteness: Place, Blood, and Tradition in Post-Reconstruction Southern Literature. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tennessee. ISBN 9781621905813

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Abstract

In Off Whiteness: Place, Blood, and Tradition in Post-Reconstruction Southern Literature, Izabela Hopkins explores the remaking of whiteness in the Post-Reconstruction South as represented in literary fiction. To focus her study, she discusses the writings of four prominent figures: Thomas Nelson Page, Ellen Glasgow, Charles Waddell Chesnutt, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson, who contributed to discussions of racial and social identity during the post–Civil War South through poetry, journalism, essays, novels, and more.

Off Whiteness draws from both sides of the color line—as well as from both the male and female experience—to examine the ambivalence of Southern whiteness from three particular vantage points: place, ideality, and repeatability. Hopkins develops her analysis across nine chapters divided into three parts. In her exploration of these four writers with differing backgrounds and experiences, she utilizes both their well-known and lesser-known texts to argue against the superficial oversimplification that “whiteness requires blackness to define itself.”

Hopkins’s analysis not only successfully grapples with a wide range of post-structural theories; it also approaches the significance of language and religion with intention and sensitivity, thereby addressing areas that are typically ignored in whiteness studies scholarship. The interdisciplinary nature of Off Whiteness positions it as an engaging text relevant to the work and interests of scholars drawn to American and Southern history, cultural and social studies, literary studies, etymology, and critical race theory.

Item Type: Book
Date: 24 November 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Off Whiteness Place Bloo Tradition Post-Reconstruction Southern Literature Literary Fiction Thomas Nelson Page, Ellen Glasgow, Charles Waddell Chesnutt, Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
Subjects: Q300 English studies
T700 American studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of English
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA27: English Language and Literature
Depositing User: Selina Schmidt
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2020 12:22
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 12:22
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9939

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