Legal Fictions : Constituting Race, Composing Literature

Legal Fictions : Constituting Race, Composing Literature

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In Legal Fictions, Karla FC Holloway both argues that U.S. racial identity is the creation of U.S. law and demonstrates how black authors of literary fiction have engaged with the law's constructions of race since the era of slavery. Exploring the resonance between U.S. literature and U.S. jurisprudence, Holloway reveals Toni Morrison's Beloved and Charles Johnson's Middle Passage as stories about personhood and property, David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man as structured by evidence law, and Nella Larsen's Passing as intimately related to contract law. Holloway engages the intentional, contradictory, and capricious constructions of race embedded in the law with the same energy that she brings to her masterful interpretations of fiction by U.S. writers. Her readings shed new light on the many ways that black U.S. authors have reframed fundamental questions about racial identity, personhood, and the law from the nineteenth into the twenty-first centuries. Legal Fictions is a bold declaration that the black body is thoroughly bound by law and an unflinching look at the implications of that claim.


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Details

Author(s)
Karla F. C. Holloway
Format
Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions
152 x 203 x 15.24mm | 245g
Publication date
01 Jan 2014
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publication City/Country
North Carolina, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0822355957
ISBN13
9780822355953
Bestsellers rank
2,482,053