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Finding a Way Home
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Essays by Owen E. Brady, Kelly C. Connelly, Juan F. Elices, Keith Hughes, Derek C. Maus, Jerrilyn McGregory, Laura Quinn, Francesca Canadé Sautman, Daniel Stein, Lisa B. Thompson, Terrence Tucker, and Albert U. Turner, Jr. In Finding a Way Home, thirteen essays by scholars from four countries trace Walter Mosley's distinctive approach to representing African American responses to the feeling of homelessness in an inhospitable America. Mosley (b. 1952) writes frequently of characters trying to construct an idea of home and wrest a sense of dignity, belonging, and hope from cultural and communal resources. These essays examine Mosley's queries about the meaning of "home" in various social and historical contexts. Essayists consider the concept--whether it be material, social, cultural, or virtual--in all three of Mosley's detective/crime fiction series (Easy Rawlins, Socrates Fortlow, and Fearless Jones), his three books of speculative fiction, two of his "literary" novels (RL's Dream, The Man in My Basement), and in his recent social and political nonfiction. Essays here explore Mosley's modes of expression, his testing of the limitations of genre, his political engagement in prose, his utopian/dystopian analyses, and his uses of parody and vernacular culture. Finding a Way Home provides rich discussions, explaining the development of Mosley's work.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxiii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xxv
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  1. Walter Mosley’s RL’s Dream and the Creation of a Blutopian Community
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. Socrates Fortlow’s Odyssey: The Quest for Home and Self
  2. pp. 18-29
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  1. Walter Mosley, Socratic Method, and the Black Atlantic
  2. pp. 30-43
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  1. Devil with the Blue Eyes: Reclaiming the Human against Pure Evil in Walter Mosley’s The Man in My Basement
  2. pp. 44-57
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  1. Easy Women: Black Beauty in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Mystery Series
  2. pp. 58-69
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  1. The Visible Man: Moving Beyond False Visibility in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Novels
  2. pp. 70-83
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  1. Fearless Ezekiel: Alterity in the Detective Fiction of Walter Mosley
  2. pp. 84-96
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  1. American Negroes Revisited: The Intellectual and The Badman in Walter Mosley’s Fearless Jones Novels
  2. pp. 97-108
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  1. At Home on “These Mean Streets”: Collaboration and Community in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Mystery Series
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. The Mouse Will Play: The Parodic in Walter Mosley’s Fiction
  2. pp. 121-132
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  1. Shadows of an Imminent Future: Walter Mosley’s Dystopia and Science Fiction
  2. pp. 133-147
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  1. Cyberfunk: Walter Mosley Takes Black to the Future
  2. pp. 148-160
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  1. Epilogue: Whither Walter? A Brief Overview of Mosley’s Recent Work
  2. pp. 161-176
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 177-187
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-196
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