By: Redding, Arthur. Inscribed.

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149 pp, 9 1/4" H. Inscribed on title page: "TO RISHMA, / IT HAS BEEN / A JOY TO WORK / WI YOU / - ART REDDING". (E)xamines the work of contemporary American authors who draw on the gothic tradition in their fiction, not as frivolous or supernatural entertainments, but to explore and memorialize the ghosts of their heritage. Ghosts, Redding argues, serve as lasting witnesses to the legacies of slaves and indigenous peoples whose stories were lost in the remembrance or mistranslation of history. No matter how much Americans willingly or unwillingly repress the true history of their ancestry, their ghosts remain unburied and restless. Such authors as Toni Morrison and Leslie Marmon Silko deploy the ghost as a means of reconciling their own violently repressed herigage with their identity as modern Americans. And just as our ancestors were haunted by ghosts of the past, today we are haunted by ghosts of contemporary crises: urban violence, racial hatred, and even terrorism. In other cases that Redding studies - such as James Baldwin's 'The Evidence of Things Not Seen' and Toni Cade Bambara's 'Those Bones Are Not My Child' - writers address similar crises to challenge traditional American claims of innocence and justice. Finally, Redding argues that ghosts emphasize a growing worry about a larger impending crisis: the apocolypse. Yet the despair the apocalypse inspires is vital to providing the grounds for new solutions to modern issues. In the end, the armies of the dispossessed enlist the forces of the spirit world to create a better future - by ensuring that mistakes of the past are not repeated, that Americans do not deny their heritage, and that accountability exists for any given crisis." Book is Near Fine. Dust jacket has very minor rubbing, a faint crease down the rear flap.


Author Name: Redding, Arthur. Inscribed.

Edition: First Edition

ISBN Number: 0817317465

ISBN-13: 9780817317461

Location Published: Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press: 2011

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Poor

Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Inscription: Inscribed by Author

Categories: American History & Travel, Literary Reference, Mysticism, Occult, Psychic Phenomenon, Books About Books

Seller ID: 31119

Keywords: beloved, collective memory in literature, e.l. doctorow, george w. bush, gerald vizenor, ghost stories, ghosts, ghosts in literature, gothic fiction, haints, henry james, jacques derrida, jamaica kincaid, jean baudrillard, kathleen brogan, lee smith, leslie marmon silko, literary criticism., mark edmundson, national characteristics, september 11, toni cade bambara, toni morrison