By Shawn Salvant
Drawing upon race and metaphor conception, Salvant presents readings of 4 vintage novels that includes topics of racial identification: Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894); Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood (1902); Frances Harper's Iola Leroy (1892); and William Faulkner's Light in August (1932). His expansive research of blood imagery uncovers excess of the simply organic connotations that dominate many reports of blood rhetoric: the racial discourses of blood in those novels surround the anthropological and the criminal, the violent and the spiritual. Penetrating and insightful, Blood Work illuminates the broad-ranging energy of the blood metaphor to script fairly American plots-real and literary-of racial identity.
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Blood Work: Imagining Race in American Literature, 1890--1940 by Shawn Salvant