ISBN : 9780190687229
White Writers, Race Matters explores the popular tradition of white-authored novels about racism in America. What explains their success, and what are their limitations? This study examines these questions through rich case studies combining biography, historical analysis, close reading, and literary theory to map the significance of this genre and its ongoing relevance.
Introduction; Chapter 1: Sympathy in Action: Stowe, Twain, and the Origins of Liberal Race Fiction; Chapter 2: How It Feels to be a Trade-mark: Fannie Hurst's Imitation of Life; Chapter 3: Jew Like Me: Empathy and Antisemitism in Laura Zametkin Hobson's Gentleman's Agreement; Chapter 4: Desegregating Liberalism: Radical Identifications in Lillian Smith's Strange Fruit and Killers of the Dream; Chapter 5: Queer Children and Representative Men: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird; Chapter 6: Speaking of Abjection: White Writing and Black Resistance in Kathryn Stockett's The Help; Afterword; Endnotes; Works Cited