Critical Insights: Inequality, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1682176916
  • ISBN-13: 9781682176917
  • DDC: 809.933556
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released July 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This volume addresses the theme of inequality and includes critical readings in classic and contemporary works.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
Introduction: “Deprived of the Same Privilege”: On Inequality.
Critical Contexts.
1: Caste: The Engine That Runs (Ruins) India: Arundhati Roy's novels The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
2: Punishment, Spirituality, and Materialism in the Anti-Utopia: Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novels Poor Folk, Notes from the Dead House, Winter Notes on Summer Impressions, Notes from the Underground, and Crime and Punishment.
3: Leveling the Playing Field: Cultural Relativism and Inequality: Kurt Vonnegut's novel The Sirens of Titan and short story “Harrison Bergeron”.
4: Structural Inequality, Labor Exploitation, and the Foundation of America: Solomon Northup's slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave and Frederick Douglass’ slave narrative My Bondage and My Freedom.
Critical Readings.
5: Racial Classifications and Crossing the Color Line: Nella Larsen's novel Passing.
6: Ideological Control and Human Nature in the Dystopian Society: George Orwell's novel 1984.
7: The “Closet” and Marginalized Identities James Baldwin's story “The Outing” and novel: Giovanni's Room.
8: White Femininity and the Black Female Gaze: Internalized Oppression: Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye.
9: Not Just Any Ol’ Injun: The (Re)Appropriation and Alteration of Native American Stereotypes: Louise Erdrich's novel Tracks.
10: Tracking Wolves: A Metaphor for Cross-border Inequality: Cormac McCarthy's novel The Crossing.
11: Historical Trauma and the Haunting of “Comfort Women”: Nora Okja Keller's novel Comfort Woman and Yong Soon Min's Art Works.
12: Dwelling in Time: The Representation of Poverty on Film: Pedro Costa's film series Letters from Fontainhas.
13: Immigrants, Nationalism, and Xenophobia in London: Anders Lustgarten's play A Day at the Racists.
14: Additional Works on the Theme.
About the Editor.