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Article: Time and mobility in the writing of Charles W. Chesnutt

TitleTime and mobility in the writing of Charles W. Chesnutt
Authors
KeywordsAfrican American literature
Agency
Authorship
Charles Chesnutt
Commodification
Issue Date2003
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105495
Citation
Comparative American Studies, 2003, v. 1 n. 2, p. 222-245 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article considers the elusiveness and ambivalence that characterize Chesnutt's writing in terms of the author's imaginative efforts to probe beyond the historical circumstances that condition and frame his authorship. Noting the focus on figures of absence and illegibility in recent criticism of Chesnutt, I examine the notion of a self in the process of uprooting itself that appears to preoccupy much of his fiction. In a close reading of Chesnutt's journals and his essay on 'Superstitions and Folklore of the South', I elaborate Chesnutt's conception of a literary voice as emerging from a context of commodification and contestation and oriented on a moment of posterior reception. I then discuss how this concept of a detachable voice informs Chesnutt's exploration of a transplantable self and an understanding of freedom in terms of a re-imagined social bond. This discussion focuses on the ways Chesnutt, in some of his short stories and in The House Behind the Cedars, evokes a passage from a condition of bondage to a capacity for multiple and variable attachments.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48382
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.111

 

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dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationComparative American Studies, 2003, v. 1 n. 2, p. 222-245en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1477-5700en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48382-
dc.description.abstractThis article considers the elusiveness and ambivalence that characterize Chesnutt's writing in terms of the author's imaginative efforts to probe beyond the historical circumstances that condition and frame his authorship. Noting the focus on figures of absence and illegibility in recent criticism of Chesnutt, I examine the notion of a self in the process of uprooting itself that appears to preoccupy much of his fiction. In a close reading of Chesnutt's journals and his essay on 'Superstitions and Folklore of the South', I elaborate Chesnutt's conception of a literary voice as emerging from a context of commodification and contestation and oriented on a moment of posterior reception. I then discuss how this concept of a detachable voice informs Chesnutt's exploration of a transplantable self and an understanding of freedom in terms of a re-imagined social bond. This discussion focuses on the ways Chesnutt, in some of his short stories and in The House Behind the Cedars, evokes a passage from a condition of bondage to a capacity for multiple and variable attachments.en_HK
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dc.rightsComparative American Studies. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAfrican American literatureen_HK
dc.subjectAgencyen_HK
dc.subjectAuthorshipen_HK
dc.subjectCharles Chesnutten_HK
dc.subjectCommodificationen_HK
dc.titleTime and mobility in the writing of Charles W. Chesnutten_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailHeim, O: oheim@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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