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- DescriptionIn fiction written by African Americans, racial violence has been a persistent and conspicuous theme. From whippings, lynchings, and episodes of police brutality to slave rebellions, race riots, and other forms of retaliatory action, black writers have documented the effects of racial violence on the African American community.Victims and Heroes is the first book to focus exclusively on this topic. Discussing eighty-three vels by sixty-four writers, Jerry H. Bryant proceeds chrologically from the antebellum vels of William Wells Brown and Martin Delany to the contemporary fiction of John Edgar Wideman and Toni Morrison. He explores how changes in the social and political climate have helped to shape various authors' attitudes toward violence, and he charts the profound moral issues that these writers have faced.Although the viciousness of white violence against blacks would seem to make heroes of those who retaliate in kind, many writers have viewed such actions with ambivalence. If violence is wrong when whites visit it upon blacks, some would argue it cant be right for blacks to use it against whites, matter what the provocation. Yet others would respond that to reject retaliation and self-defense is to surrender self-respect. This is the moral quandary at the heart of Victims and Heroes.
- Author BiographyJerry H. Bryant is emeritus professor of English at California State University, Hayward.
- Author(s)Jerry H. Bryant
- PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Date of Publication31/07/1997
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Weight603 g
- Width156 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine30 mm
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