Choking Down that Rage: Rage, Rape, Riot and the Gender Politics of Black ResistanceAbstract segment: "James Baldwin famously stated, â€œTo be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all of the time.â€ Baldwin identifies what Cornel West describes as the â€œexistential dimension of black rage,â€ which suggests that rage is a key means of mediating blacksâ€™ relationship to the physical and psychic violence of racism (100). I build on Baldwinâ€™s understanding of the significance of rage to black life in my dissertation, â€œChoking Down that Rageâ€: Rage, Rape, Riot and the Gender Politics of Black Resistance. My project asserts that rage is an affective register through which black writers negotiate gender, identity, and national belonging. My argument breaks with the more commonly accepted perspective that black rage is a marker of pathology and is the property of the black male underclass."
University of Virginia
Department of English
|Date Added||November 5, 2016|
|Date Modifed||October 17, 2017|
|Collection||UVA scholarship on sexual violence, 1974-|
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