Critical Insights: Richard Wright, 1st Edition

  • Kimberly Drake
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 1682179605
  • ISBN-13: 9781682179604
  • DDC: 813.52
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released June 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This book explores the work of this groundbreaking author, and places his body of work in the canon of American literature - the literature of identity and literature of protest. The volume discusses the critical reception of Wright’s work at the time of publication and examines its enduring appeal. The volume also explores Wright’s relationships with other literary and creative forces such as Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison, his attraction to Communism in the 1950s, and his self-imposed exile in France.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About this Volume.
1: “Print Compels Us”: Richard Wright's Literary Protest.
Critical Contexts.
2: The Biographical and Historical Contexts of Richard Wright's “I Tried To Be a Communist”.
3: The Meaning of Rape in Richard Wright's Native Son.
4: Richard Wright's Readers.
5: Heidegger and The Outsider, Savage Holiday, and The Long Dream.
Critical Readings.
6: A Child's Eye View: Humanizing Naturalism's Horrors in Richard Wright's Uncle Tom's Children.
7: Revisiting Richard Wright's Native Son as Protest Novel.
8: Richard Wright's Black Boy: Black Consciousness, Artistic Expression, and Social Justice.
9: Richard Wright's “I Tried To Be a Communist”: Its Literary Effectiveness.
10: Of Maids and Men: Racial Mythologies and Gender Revelations in Richard Wright's “Man of All Work”.
11: A First Look at Native Son: Richard Wright's Uncensored Film.
12: Richard Wright's Rage: Figures of Disability in a Father's Law.
13: Chronology of Richard Wright's Life.
14: Works by Richard Wright.
Further Reading.
About the Editor.