On Racial Frontiers

On Racial Frontiers

The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley

Book - 1999
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Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison and Bob Marley each inhabited the shared but contested space at the frontiers of race. Gregory Stephens shows how their interactions with mixed audiences made them key figures in a previously hidden interracial consciousness and culture, and integrative ancestors who can be claimed by more than one 'racial' or national group. Douglass ('something of an Irishman as well as a Negro') was an abolitionist but also a critic of black racialism. Ellison's Invisible Man is a landmark of modernity and black literature which illustrates 'the true interrelatedness of blackness and whiteness'. Marley's allegiance was to 'God's side, who cause me to come from black and white'. His Bible-based Songs of Freedom envisage a world in which black liberation and multiracial redemption co-exist. The lives of these three men illustrate how our notions of 'race' have been constructed out of a repression of the interracial.
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780521643528
Branch Call Number: 305.800973
Characteristics: xi, 329 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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