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Whiteness Visible : The Meaning of Whiteness in American Literature - Valerie Babb

Whiteness Visible

The Meaning of Whiteness in American Literature

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In Whiteness Visible, Valerie Babb investigates the history, values, rituals, and shared consciousness that created whiteness in the United States, as well as the representations that sustain its influence on both cultural and literary vision. Babb formulates an understanding of whiteness by tracing its literary and cultural evolution, enlisting diverse sources from, among others, the Han dynasty, Aristotle's "Politica," and excerpts from the recollections of white indentured servants.

Babb's textual analysis begins by surveying the construction of whiteness in early American writings and material culture, and continues through literature of the nineteenth century, surveying whiteness in texts commonly acknowledged as standards in U.S. literature--"The Last of the Mohicans" and "Moby Dick." She then investigates representations of whiteness in a variety of late- nineteenth and early-twentieth century cultural creations, among them immigrant autobiographies, World's Fair expositions, and etiquette books. Babb convincingly illustrates the ways in which a variety of cultural creations combine to help shape the concept of universal whiteness.

Whiteness Visible boldly claims that we can only understand the full significance of race and the ways in which it influences cultural understanding and cultural creation in the United States when we interrogate whiteness and make it visible.

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introductionp. 1
Toward a Philosophy of Whitenessp. 7
Crafting Whiteness in Early Americap. 46
Of Whales and Whitenessp. 89
Hiding Whiteness in Plain Sightp. 118
Naming the Nameless for the Greater Goodp. 167
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 221
About the Authorp. 227
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ISBN: 9780814713129
ISBN-10: 0814713122
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 1st September 1998
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 14.0  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.3