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The Cambridge Companion to the Black Body in American Literature

Author(s): Edited by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

ISBN: 9781009204194
Publication Date: 16/5/24
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback
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Whether invisible or hyper-visible, adored or reviled, from the inception of American literature the Black body has been rendered in myriad forms. This volume tracks and uncovers the Black body as a persistent presence and absence in American literature. It provides an invaluable guide for teachers and students interested in literary and artistic representations of Blackness and embodiment. The book is divided into three sections that highlight Black embodiment through conceptual flashpoints that emphasize various aspects of human body in its visual and textual manifestations. This Companion engages past and continuing debates about the nature of embodiment by showcasing how writers from multiple eras and communities defined and challenged the limits of what constitutes a body in relation to human and nonhuman environment.

  • Provides incisive coverage of literary texts featuring Black embodiment over a wide historical range and from a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to body studies with an emphasis on Blackness
  • Chapters are written in diverse writing styles, making the chapters approachable and accessible to a wide readership