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The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, and Contemporary Literary Criticism

Moya, Paula

Verlag: Stanford University Press, 2015
ISBN 10: 0804797021 / ISBN 13: 9780804797023
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Titel: The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, ...

Verlag: Stanford University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2015

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Inhaltsangabe: In the context of the ongoing crisis in literary criticism, The Social Imperative reminds us that while literature will never by itself change the world, it remains a powerful tool and important actor in the ongoing struggle to imagine better ways to be human and free. Figuring the relationship between reader and text as a type of friendship, the book elaborates the social-psychological concept of schema to show that our multiple social contexts affect what we perceive and how we feel when we read. Championing and modeling a kind of close reading that attends to how literature reflects, promotes, and contests pervasive sociocultural ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, Paula M. L. Moya demonstrates the power of works of literature by writers such as Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, and Helena Maria Viramontes to alter perceptions and reshape cultural imaginaries. Insofar as literary fiction is a unique form of engagement with weighty social problems, it matters not only which specific works of literature we read and teach, but also how we read them, and with whom. This is what constitutes the social imperative of literature.

Über den Autor: Paula M. L. Moya is Associate Professor of English and, by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University.

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