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Negotiating a Viable Subjectivity

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Material Information

Title: Negotiating a Viable Subjectivity Black Men in African American and Afro-Hispanic Literature
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Brown, Michelle
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2004
Publication Date: 2004

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Black Masculinity
African-American
Afro-Hispanic
Manhood
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis is an examination of black male protagonists and the range of subjectivities they demonstrate in selected prose fiction by African American and Afro-Hispanic authors of the twentieth century. In an attempt to limit the size and diversity of the texts, only men of color are included among the authors in this study. Within the analysis, particular attention is paid to the construction of protagonists through public discourse versus self-construction through speech or the production of texts. The chapters are arranged to present examples of progressively more viable forms of subjectivity, and the conclusion offers suggestions about what directions this research can take. The first chapter discusses Jose Luis Gonzalez's 'En este lado' (1954) and Manuel Zapata Olivella's 'Un extraño bajo mi piel' (1967) where we find examples of black men whose subjectivities are severely limited by both the significance of their bodies and the force of social construction. The second chapter presents James Baldwin's Another Country in which Rufus Scott, the protagonist, devolves from an engaged subject to an entirely socially constructed object. The third and fourth chapters discuss protagonists that negotiate their own subjectivities to varying degrees of success. Quince Duncan's Los cuatro espejos (1973) is the focus of the third chapter where there is a general discussion of the protagonist's struggle to resist the essentialist notions imposed on him. The fourth chapter continues this discussion while focusing specifically upon the role education plays in facilitating and hindering the formation of viable subjectivities by the well-educated black male protagonists of Charles Johnson's Middle Passage (1990), Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada (1976), Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying (1993), and David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident (1981).
Statement of Responsibility: by Michelle Brown
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2004
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Domino, Andrea; Labrador-Rodriguez, Sonia

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2004 B87
System ID: NCFE003345:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003345/00001

Material Information

Title: Negotiating a Viable Subjectivity Black Men in African American and Afro-Hispanic Literature
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Brown, Michelle
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2004
Publication Date: 2004

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Black Masculinity
African-American
Afro-Hispanic
Manhood
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis is an examination of black male protagonists and the range of subjectivities they demonstrate in selected prose fiction by African American and Afro-Hispanic authors of the twentieth century. In an attempt to limit the size and diversity of the texts, only men of color are included among the authors in this study. Within the analysis, particular attention is paid to the construction of protagonists through public discourse versus self-construction through speech or the production of texts. The chapters are arranged to present examples of progressively more viable forms of subjectivity, and the conclusion offers suggestions about what directions this research can take. The first chapter discusses Jose Luis Gonzalez's 'En este lado' (1954) and Manuel Zapata Olivella's 'Un extraño bajo mi piel' (1967) where we find examples of black men whose subjectivities are severely limited by both the significance of their bodies and the force of social construction. The second chapter presents James Baldwin's Another Country in which Rufus Scott, the protagonist, devolves from an engaged subject to an entirely socially constructed object. The third and fourth chapters discuss protagonists that negotiate their own subjectivities to varying degrees of success. Quince Duncan's Los cuatro espejos (1973) is the focus of the third chapter where there is a general discussion of the protagonist's struggle to resist the essentialist notions imposed on him. The fourth chapter continues this discussion while focusing specifically upon the role education plays in facilitating and hindering the formation of viable subjectivities by the well-educated black male protagonists of Charles Johnson's Middle Passage (1990), Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada (1976), Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying (1993), and David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident (1981).
Statement of Responsibility: by Michelle Brown
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2004
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Domino, Andrea; Labrador-Rodriguez, Sonia

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2004 B87
System ID: NCFE003345:00001

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