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Revisiting Racialized Voice

Revisiting Racialized Voice

African American Ethos in Language and Literature

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David G. Holmes


E-book (Other formats: Paperback)
6 x 9


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Revisiting Racialized Voice:African American Ethos in Language and Literature argues that past misconceptions about black identity and voice, codified from the 1870s through the 1920s, inform contemporary assumptions about African American authorship and ethos. Tracing elements of racial consciousness in the works of Frederick Douglass, Charles Chesnutt, W. E. B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, and others, David G. Holmes urges a revisiting of narratives from this period to strengthen and advance notions about racialized writing and to shape contemporary composition pedagogies.

Pointing to the intersection of African American identity, literature, and rhetoric, Revisiting Racialized Voice begins to construct rhetorically workable yet ideologically flexible definitions of black voice. Holmes maintains that political pressure to embrace“color blindness” endangers scholars’ ability to uncover links between racialized discourses of the past and those of the present, and he calls instead for a reassessment of the material realities and theoretical assumptions race represents and with which it has been associated.


David G. Holmes is an associate professor of English at Pepperdine University.


“[An] ingenious, tightly reasoned study . . .”—Choice

“[Holmes’s] project, to problematize voice—specifically black voice—is a project long awaited and much needed. Revisiting Racialized Voice crisscrosses the field of English studies and provides a clear example of not only how but also why the fields of literature and composition/rhetoric studies should be in conversation with one another. Holmes’s work offers and invigorating push toward a more enlightened practice of reading, teaching, and writing.” —Gwendolyn D. Pough, CCC

“Holmes’s work offers an invigorating push toward a more enlightened practice of reading, teaching, and writing.”College Composition and Communication