By Suriyan Panlay
Applying severe race thought to modern African American children’s and younger grownup literature, this publication explores one key racial factor that has been ignored either in race stories and literary scholarship—internalised racism. by way of systematically studying the problem of internalised racism and its unsafe mental results, really in the direction of the younger and susceptible, this e-book defamiliarises the very racial factor that differently has turn into normalised in American racial discourse, reaffirming the relevance of race, racism, and racialisation in modern the United States. via readings of works by way of Jacqueline Woodson, Sharon G. Flake, Tanita S. Davis, Sapphire, Rosa man, and Nikki Grimes, Suriyan Panlay develops a brand new serious discourse on internalised racism by way of learning its results on marginalised teenagers, its manifestations, and the fictitious narrative options that may be used to regain and reclaim a feeling of self.
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Additional info for Racism in Contemporary African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature
G. Frever, 2009; Rogers and Christian, 2007; Michlin, 2006; Enekwechi and Moore, 1999), or on racial issues facing non-Indigenous children (Bradford, 2007, 2010), leaving the issue of internalised racism untouched. Clearly, it has been neglected or perhaps ‘othered’ by both literary and non-literary scholars. It is my intention, therefore, to revisit this very issue through the eye of a fictional child, with CRT as my key theoretical frame, to seek new messages, viewpoints and positions on the issue of internalised racism and also, crucially, to seek to develop a new critical discourse regarding this silenced racial topic in relation to C&YA fiction.
In this book, this tenet and CRT’s Differential Racialisation, which is going to be discussed next, are two key tenets underlying most of the following chapters. Differential Racialisation This tenet certainly helps strengthen the fact that race is not a biological but socially constructed and manipulated category, as it holds that race, other than being socially constructed, is also constructed, at different times, in response to the shifting needs of the dominant group (Delgado and Stefancic, 2012).
In addition, a recent phenomenon—an African American presence in the White House, which is perhaps most historically, politically and socially momentous—has certainly helped create a global image of America as a 28 S. 1). With such progress made in law and politics, is it fair to say that America has now entered its post-racial era? Is a racially ambitious term such as ‘racelessness’ (Bernard, 2011) a fitting description for its current landscape? If so, should we not, then, give racism ‘a rest’ and move on?
Racism in Contemporary African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Suriyan Panlay