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Percival Everett writes novels, short stories, poetry, and essays, and is one of the most prolific, acclaimed, yet under-examined African American writers working today. Although to date Everett has published eighteen novels, three collections of short fiction, three poetry collections, and one children's book, his work has not garnered the critical attention that it deserves. Perhaps one of the most vexing problems black and white scholars have had in trying to situate Everett's work is that they have found it difficult to "place" him and his work within a prescribed African American literary tradition. Because he happens to be African American, critics have expectations of so-called "authentic" African American fiction; however, his work often thwarts these expectations.


In Perspectives on Percival Everett, scholars engage all of his creative production. On the one hand, Everett is an African American novelist. On the other hand, he pursues subject matters that seemingly have little to do with African American culture. The operative word here is "seemingly"; for as these essays demonstrate, Everett's works falls well within as well as outside of what most critics would deem the African American literary tradition. These essays examine issues of identity, authenticity, and semiotics, in addition to postmodernism and African American and American literary traditions--issues essential to understanding his aesthetic and political concerns.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Changing the Frame, Framing the Change: The Art of Percival Everett
  2. pp. ix-xvii
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  1. Chapter One: “knowledge2 certainty2 = squat2” (re)Thinking Identity and Meaning in Percival Everett’s: The Water Cure
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Chapter Two: “This Strange Juggler’s Game”: Forclusion in Percival Everett’s I Am Not Sidney Poitier
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. Chapter Three: Frenzy: Framing Text to Set Discourse in a Cultural Continuum
  2. pp. 35-59
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  1. Chapter Four: The Preservationist Impulse in Percival Everett’s: “True Romance”
  2. pp. 60-74
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  1. Chapter Five: The Mind-Body Split in American Desert: Sythesizing Everett’s Critique of Race, Religion, and Science
  2. pp. 75-93
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  1. Chapter Six: A Bird of a Different Feather: Blues, Jazz, and the Difficult Journey to the Self in Percival Everett’s Suder
  2. pp. 94-112
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  1. Chapter Seven: “Do you mind if we make Craig Suder white?”: From Stereotype to Cosmopolitan to Grotesque in Percival Everett’s Suder
  2. pp. 113-125
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  1. Chapter Eight: Charting the Body: Percival Everett’s Corporeal Landscapes in re: f (gesture)
  2. pp. 126-138
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  1. Chapter Nine: When the Text Becomes the Stage: Percival Everett’s Performance Turn in For Her Dark Skin
  2. pp. 139-151
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 152-158
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 162-167
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781621039181
Print ISBN
9781617036828
MARC Record
OCLC
794973802
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2013-02-13
Language
English
Open Access
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