TITLE

Can the Subaltern Speak? A Postcolonial, Existential Reading of Richard Wright's "Native Son."

AUTHOR(S)
Hogue, W. Lawrence
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Southern Quarterly;Winter2009, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
Presents literary criticism which discusses the novel "Native Son" by African American author Richard Wright, analyzing the character of the protagonist, Bigger Thomas, from the perspective of subaltern studies, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, and existentialism. The book is also discussed in the context of the sociological discussions about race taking place in the United States in the 1930s, when it was published.
ACCESSION #
36911682

 

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