Jay Oxford Studies in American Literary History Theorizes and examines the genre of white liberal race fiction from the 18th century to the present Places recognizably important novels such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Huckleberry Finn, and To Kill a Mockingbird in a new light by linking them together in the effort to create racial liberalism through fiction Mixes history, biography, close reading, cultural analysis, and literary theory in prose that is lively and accessible White Writers, Race Matters Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett Gregory S. Jay Oxford Studies in American Literary History Description What explains the enduring popularity of white-authored protest fiction about racism in America? How have such books spoken to the racial crises of their time, and why do they remain important in our own era?
They both describe a place where someone lives, but with a deeper analysis, we find that a house is simply the structure or the building. An actual home is much more complex. It is filled with objects and memories, which grow and change along with its residents.
Home is a place we come back to after a long day's work, the place where we go to seek shelter and solace. When the world is changing outside, home remains constant, molded to the people who live and breathe inside.
It is "home, sweet home". However, in Philip Larkin's poem "Home Is So Sad", the speaker describes a home with a personality different from the "sweet" stereotype, portraying it as a place of loneliness and longing after its inhabitants have long deserted their dwellings.
No longer is home thought of as sweet or warm. Ironically, even without its family, the house still remains a home, which is yearning and waiting for its family to return.
The speaker personifies the house and its objects, using a melancholy and detached tone, and a crumbling structure to illustrate the breaking down of universal hope and the emptiness that results when a home is abandoned by its family.
To emphasize the feeling of loneliness, the speaker personifies the empty home and its contents as objects that miss and long for their owners.
This gives emotion and personality to the house, helping readers better understand its situation. The narrative gives the home emotion and sentiment, which decreases the distance between man and object.
Readers begin to mourn for the home in the same way that the home grieves for the missing family. One would not normally think of a home trying to win over anything or anyone, but this personification creates such a sensation of longing that, we too, feel a loss.
A loss that, without this description and personification, humans are apt to overlook. Inside the home there are memories and nostalgia that the residents leave behind, and from these memories, the home is "[s]haped to the comfort of the last to go. By characterizing the home, we are able to understand that the feelings the home is experiencing are quite parallel to the sad emotions people have when leaving their own home.
Readers can fully relate and sympathize with the home because of this parallel. Most people have experienced leaving home for the first time or moving away. Because the emotions the speaker gives the home are so close to what a human's would be in reverse situation, we are able to recognize the similar emotions the home is dealing with.
This personification further emphasizes the home's loss of its family. The tragic loss and helplessness is also exemplified through a removed and nostalgic tone. When reading the poem, one feels distant and detached.
A caesura, or a natural pause, is created by the gap between the two stanzas.
This mid-sentence pause seems almost as if the home is sighing in pain or suffering. When read aloud, it sounds as if the home is talking, and stops mid-sentence to reminisce about the times when it still had its family. The home "[has] no heart to put aside the theft", it does not have the courage and ability to forget about its loss and become only a building, a structure, a house, " and turn again to what it started as.
The home cannot bear to face the fact that it no longer has the means to stay alive, stay a home. It does not want to accept the fact that it no longer has its family. The lines describing this denial are broken up between two stanzas.
Something as simple as the white space dividing the beginning and end of the sentence creates hesitation, the same hesitation the home feels about accepting its loss. Also, all of the words in the poem are very monotonous and simple.
Larkin easily could have used more complex vocabulary, but he uses words like "so sad", "stays" 1and "you can see" 8for a reason. It establishes an empty and lacking tone, which is similar to how the home is portrayed to feel.
Similarly, simple and short lines, consisting of sentences broken up often by commas also work together to create this reflective and distant tone. These words also suggest more about the character of the home. The simple diction tone shows that the home is genuine rather than pompous or selfish.
If, perhaps, the home were more concerned about itself rather than its inhabitants, we would see more of a lavish extravagant tone, instead of one that is plain and distant.
The detachment also helps with the speaker's apparent view that the distance between what one originally plans and what one ends up achieving can be greater than expected.
The family came into this house, and the house welcomed the family with a "joyous shot at how things ought to be" 6. Unfortunately, those joyous shots do not materialize and the home is left mourning their evaporation. The detached tone of the poem illustrates how the home becomes more and more hopeless with the passing of time by wishing for a shot at hope that has "[l]ong fallen wide".White Writers, Race Matters Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett Gregory S.
Jay Oxford Studies in American Literary History. Theorizes and examines the genre of white liberal race fiction from the 18th century to the present.
"A Family Supper," by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a story of uncertainty, nervousness, emotions, and loss of love in the family.
The narrator, Ishiguro, is a Protagonist, was born in the Tokyo, Japan. He is returning home from California some two years after the death of his mother. After. Many authors, critics and linguists have puzzled over what literature is. One broader explanation of literature says that literary texts are products that reflect different aspects of society.
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