1st Edition

Racial Rhapsody The Aesthetics of Contemporary U.S. Identity

By John Donald Kerkering Copyright 2019
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    Racial Rhapsody: The Aesthetics of Contemporary U.S. Identity aims to explain and to interrogate the disciplinary history according to which literary criticism has come to organize its attention to literary texts around this primary object of analysis, the "racial" body.

    List of Figures



    PART I

    New-Critical Subjects: From Prosody to Identity

    1 Prosodists and Postpositivists

    2 Prosodists and Racialists

    3 Ontology and Objectivity

    4 Race and Realism

    5 Resistance and Submission


    "You’re One of Them, Ion": Aesthetic Rhapsody and Racial Identity

    6 Aesthetics and Perception

    7 Race and Peoplehood

    8 Archaeology and Rhapsody

    9 Race and Rhapsody

    10 Analysis and Aesthetics

    11 Aesthetics and Identity

    12 Colors and Lines




    John Donald Kerkering is an Associate Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago.