ISBN : 9780199797318
American Obscurantism argues for a salutary indirection in US culture. Critiquing the impulse to see history in seminal works like Griffith's Birth of a Nation and the residual positivism of New Historicist methodology, the book challenges this shared visual epistemology . It traces meaningful exceptions to this pattern across canonical figures from US literature and film.
Introduction: Envisioning Obscurity: History, Racial Knowing, and the Perfect Whiteness of the Snow
Chapter 1: Seeing in the Dark Houses: History and Obscurity in Light in August and Absalom, Absalom!
Chapter 2 : Orders from the House: American Historicism in The Shining
Chapter 3: Fargo's Whitened Spaces: Race, History, and the Postmodern Sublime
Chapter 4: Queer Historicity in The Bridge
Conclusion: Rememory, the Visual, and America's Future History: Race and the Digital Turn