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White Liberal Identity, Literary Pedagogy, and Classic American Realism brings literary works from the turn of the last century face to face with some of the dilemmas and paradoxes that currently define white liberal identity in the United States. Phillip Barrish develops fresh analytic and pedagogical tools for probing contemporary white liberalism, while also offering new critical insights and classroom approaches to American literary realism. New ground is broken by using bold close analysis of works by canonical American realist writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, and Kate Chopin. These contexts include an affirmative-action court case, the liberal arts classroom, and the “war on drugs,” as well as current debates about the United States’ role on the international scene. Invoking a methodology that he calls “critical presentism,” Barrish’s book offers a fresh response to that perennial classroom question, often posed most forcefully by students committed to progressive political agendas: why devote so much time and effort to detailed analyses of canonical American literature? This book makes specific contributions not only to American literary and cultural studies, but also to critical race theory, masculinity studies, and critical pedagogy.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part 1. Liberal Time vs. Literary Time
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. 1. What Edith Wharton Teaches about the Defense of Affirmative Action
  2. pp. 18-34
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  1. 2. Mark Twain and the Secret Joys of Antiracist Pegadogy
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. Part 2. Gender, Liberalism, and Racial Geometry
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 3. Awakened White Femininity and a Shaping Mexicanist Presence
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. 4. Trafficking in Liberal Masculinities
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. Part 3. American Innocence and Liberal Guilt
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. 5. "A Good Fellow Wronged": Christopher Newman and the Feeling of American Exceptionalism
  2. pp. 94-107
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  1. 6. Liberal Guilt and The Age of Innocence
  2. pp. 108-132
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  1. Coda: Now, More Than Ever
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 137-150
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 163-168
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272640
Related ISBN
9780814251454
MARC Record
OCLC
607561108
Pages
168
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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