ENG349 Langston Hughes

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ENG349
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Langston Hughes - Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
art & identity
Negro poet wanting to become white poet, not Negro poet
aesthetic value
representation
cultural value, self-worth
external value and internal value
how see self and how seen
Dubois and double consciousness
class framing way of thought
middle class AA believe should fit in with white cultural views contrary to lower class
critique of bourgeoise
success/achievement problematic and contradictory
access and mobility, space and time
authenticity, freedom
“betrayal” of ethnicity
dilemma of choosing race and aesthetics
constructive category of “whiteness”
anxiety that relates to T.S.Eliot’s idea of tradition, organizing principle
only space allowed for universality -> whiteness?
Hughes doesn’t give sympathetic space to anxiety
validity in desire wanting the power associated with whiteness
pretense of not having certain identities
canon
hierarchy
institutionalizing tradition and exclusivity
anxiety of how work will be received
reading practices
how to read race and universality in literature
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