Posnock's Analysis of Early Black Literature Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of several works of early African-American literature, viewed through the lens of Ross Posnock's "Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of Modern Intellectual."
# 145426 | 1,675 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper focuses on early works of African-American literature by Toni Morrison and Richard Wright, viewed through the lens of Ross Posnock's "Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of Modern Intellectual." The paper explains that early black literature was often viewed by white society as anomalous representations of limited scope, and that to receive any publishable option in the US, black writers and thinkers had to find white intellectuals or high-ranking society members to testify in print, as a prelude to the work, that it had been written by the black individual who claimed it. The paper asserts that both the Morrison and the Wright works demonstrate that social change, through the economy of legitimate society, is the real nature of the oppression of blacks. The paper concludes that the challenges of the system and the fact that racism is perpetuated by an economy of oppression demonstrate that each work is an attempt to illustrate the pervasive inequality that goes far beyond identity and constitutional sentiment and represents the reality of black life, even today.

From the Paper:

"Within each of these works are both minor and major themes of resistance, as well as themes of overcoming helplessness in the face of stark racism. The demonstrative line of both is an interesting economic emphasis, interwoven into the fabric of individual character building and observations. The example I find pertinent in both works is the position of the exploitive and fierce landlord. In Song of Solomon, the landlord is Macon Jr., a wealthy, cruel black man who is riding on the backs of his brothers to accumulate wealth. While in Native Son the wealthy landlord, also riding on the backs of poor blacks is Mr. Dalton a white man who views himself as a philanthropist while he segregates and overcharges his black tenants in a racist system of oppressive economy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon, New York: Vintage, 2004.
  • Posnock, Ross. Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of Modern Intellectual. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Wright, Richard. Native Son, New York: Harper Perennial, 1998.

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