Blackness and Value
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Blackness and Value by Lindon Barrett
Book DescriptionBlackness and Value investigates the principles by which 'value' operates, and asks if it is useful to imagine that the concepts of racial blackness and whiteness in the United States operate in terms of these principles. Testing these concepts by exploring various theoretical approaches and their shortcomings, Lindon Barrett finds that the gulf between 'the street' (where race is acknowledged as a powerful enigma) and the literary academy (where until recently it has not been) can be understood as a symptom of racial violence. The book traces several interrelations between value and race, such as literate/illiterate, the signing/singing voice, time/space, civic/criminal, and academy/street, and offers relevant and fresh readings of two novels by Ann Petry. While approaches to race and value are commonly examined historically or sociologically, this intriguing study provides a new critical approach that speaks to theorists of race as well as gender and queer studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521621038
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lindon Barrett
Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity, Paperback (December 2013)
Masterfully connecting historical systems of racial slavery to post-Enlightenment modernity.
Blackness and Value, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Lindon Barrett
The book traces several interrelations between value and race, and offers relevant and fresh readings of two novels by Ann Petry.
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