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dc.contributor.authorCasciano, Anthony M.
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T22:18:50Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T22:18:50Z
dc.date.issued12/14/2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/6310
dc.description.abstractJames Baldwin, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston are three authors who are very often read alongside one another in classrooms, book groups, and history. This grouping is often based on a system of seemingly arbitrary but identity-based categorical structures . Facets of the author' s assigned social categories (African imerican, woman, queer) are read within a greater historical context to create stability, meaning, continuity, and mass-identification where it may or may not actually exist. However, a thorough examination of the aesthetic commonalities and connections between each of these authors ' most wel l known works reveal s not an engagement with the women ' s and civil rights ' movements or a self-aware "Harlem Renaissance." No, the aesthetic techniques employed by all three authors fashion disparate yet searing critiques of the multitude of social, cultural, and economic forces driving the interpretations (past, present, and f'uture) of their work. More than being male or female, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor, these three authors seek to dismantle the boundaries of these seemingly well-established social categories. In compromising these boundaries, inclusion becomes based on one ' s own choice to identify instead of being identified through a process of reductive multiculturalism. Furthermore, because these critiques manifest themselves in stylistic choices instead of relying on standard tropes of social protest, future generations of radicals, artists, and those in between, have the ability to use similar techniques in their own works to further challenge notions of equality, diversity, and social movements as mechanisms for change.
dc.subjectJames Baldwin
dc.subjectNella Larsen
dc.subjectZora Neale Hurston
dc.subjectAesthetic
dc.subjectLiterary Criticism
dc.titleAny Bodies' Protest Novel: Challenging the Politics of Canon Formation in the works of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and James Baldwin
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refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T22:18:50Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.degreelevelMaster of Arts (MA)
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleEnglish Master’s Theses
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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