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Racial Blasphemies Michael Cobb

Racial Blasphemies

Michael Cobb

Published June 16th 2005
ISBN : 9780203642290
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William Faulkner, James Baldwin, Flannery OConner, and Paule Marshall are among numerous influential American writers who tended to be irreverent, if not blasphemous, in their fiction. But rather than curse God, these authors cursed the racialMoreWilliam Faulkner, James Baldwin, Flannery OConner, and Paule Marshall are among numerous influential American writers who tended to be irreverent, if not blasphemous, in their fiction. But rather than curse God, these authors cursed the racial hierarchies that too cleanly divide white and African American races in contemporary U.S. politics and culture. Racial Blasphemies, using critical race theory and literary analysis, charts the tense, frustrated religious language that saturates much twentieth-century American literature. Michael Cobb argues that we should consider religious language as a special kind of language - a language of curse words - that furiously communicates not theology or spirituality as much as it signals the sheer difficulty of representing race in a non-racist manner on the literary page.