Hope Draped in Black Paperback

Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress

by Joseph R. Winters;

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Hope Draped in Black

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In"Hope Draped in Black"Joseph R. Winters responds to the enduring belief that America follows a constant trajectory of racial progress. Such notions like those that suggested the passage into a post-racial era following Barack Obama's election gloss over the history of racial violence and oppression to create an imaginary and self-congratulatory world where painful memories are conveniently forgotten. In place of these narratives, Winters advocates for an idea of hope that is predicated on a continuous engagement with loss and melancholy. Signaling a heightened sensitivity to the suffering of others, melancholy disconcerts us and allows us to cut against dominant narratives and identities. Winters identifies a black literary and aesthetic tradition in the work of intellectuals, writers, and artists such as W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Charles Burnett that often underscores melancholy, remembrance, loss, and tragedy in ways that gesture toward such a conception of hope. Winters also draws on Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno to highlight how remembering and mourning the uncomfortable dimensions of American social life can provide alternate sources for hope and imagination that might lead to building a better world."

Hope Draped in Black by Joseph R. Winters was published by Duke University Press in June 2016. The ISBN for Hope Draped in Black is 9780822361732.

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Details for Hope Draped in Black

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherDuke University Press (June 2016)
Number of Pages304
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4368288
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