Quantity:
Ships from/sold by Buy.com
advertisement

Disturbing Calculations The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002 (Hardcover)

Earn Super Points: Write a Review
Sorry, this selection is currently unavailable.
Disturbing Calculations Benson, Melanie R.                       1 of 1
Today
$75.11  Free Budget Shipping
EARN 76 RAKUTEN SUPER POINTS™ Super Points
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Format: Hardcover
Condition:  Brand New
Temporarily Sold Out.:
More inventory may be available. Place your order today and be one of the first to receive this product when it arrives!
Alert me when this item is in stock.
45 day return policy
Share

Product Details:

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 082032972X
ISBN-13: 9780820329727
Sku: 206557121
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  263
Age Range:  NA
 
In Thomas Wolfe''s "Look Homeward, Angel," Margaret Leonard says, "Never mind about algebra here. That''s for poor folks. There''s no need for algebra wh
From the Publisher:
In Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel, Margaret Leonard says, ?Never mind about algebra here. That's for poor folks. There's no need for algebra where two and two make five.? Moments of mathematical reckoning like this pervade twentieth-century southern literature, says Melanie R. Benson. In fiction by a large, diverse group of authors, including William Faulkner, Anita Loos, William Attaway, Dorothy Allison, and Lan Cao, Benson identifies a calculation-obsessed, anxiety-ridden discourse in which numbers are employed to determine social and racial hierarchies and establish individual worth and identity.

This ?narcissistic fetish of number? speaks to a tangle of desires and denials rooted in the history of the South, capitalism, and colonialism. No one evades participation in these ?disturbing equations,? says Benson, wherein longing for increase, accumulation, and superiority collides with repudiation of the means by which material wealth is attained. Writers from marginalized groups--including African Americans, Native Americans, women, immigrants, and the poor--have deeply internalized and co-opted methods and tropes of the master narrative even as they have struggled to wield new voices unmarked by the discourse of the colonizer.

Having nominally emerged from slavery's legacy, the South is now situated in the agonized space between free market capitalism and social progressivism. Elite southerners work to distance themselves from capitalism's dehumanizing mechanisms, while the marginalized yearn to realize the uniquely American narrative of accumulation and ascent. The fetish of numbers emerges to signify the futility of both.

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0263
Product attributePublisher:   University of Georgia Press
Advertisement Bottom
BloomReach Content