Exodus politics: civil rights and leadership in African American literature and culture

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"Using the term "exodus politics" to theorize the valorization of black male leadership in the movement for civil rights, Robert J. Patterson explores the ways in which the political strategies and ideologies of this movement paradoxically undermined the collective enfranchisement of black people. He argues that by narrowly conceptualizing civil rights in only racial terms and relying solely on a male figure, conventional African American leadership, though frequently redemptive, can also erode the very goals of civil rights. The author turns to contemporary African American writers such as Ernest Gaines, Gayl Jones, Alice Walker, and Charles Johnson to show how they challenge the dominant models of civil rights leadership. He draws on a variety of disciplines--including black feminism, civil rights history, cultural studies, and liberation theology--in order to develop a more nuanced formulation of black subjectivity and politics. Patterson's connection of the concept of racial rights to gender and sexual rights allows him to illuminate the literature's promotion of more expansive models. By considering the competing and varied political interests of black communities, these writers reimagine the dominant models in a way that can empower communities to be self-sustaining in the absence of a messianic male leader." -- Publisher's description.
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subject_facetAmerican literature -- African American authors
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism
Civil rights in literature
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- African American
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General
Leadership in literature
title_displayExodus politics : civil rights and leadership in African American literature and culture
title_fullExodus politics : civil rights and leadership in African American literature and culture / Robert J. Patterson
title_shortExodus politics
title_subcivil rights and leadership in African American literature and culture
topic_facetAfrican American
African American authors
American
American literature
Civil rights in literature
General
History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM
Leadership in literature