Outsider Citizens

The Remaking of Postwar Identity in Wright, Beauvoir, and Baldwin

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Outsider Citizens examines a foundational moment in the writing of race, gender, and sexuality—the decade after 1945, when Richard Wright, Simone de Beauvoir, and others sought to apply new ideas in philosophy and psychoanalysis to an emerging identity politics. Relyea brings together Wright and Beauvoir to reveal their shared sources and concerns.

Beginning with Wright’s groundbreaking Native Son (1940), Relyea then goes on to examine The Outsider in the context of Wright’s postwar exile in France and his engagement with existentialism and psychoanalysis. Beauvoir met Wright during her 1947 tour of America, chronicled in America Day by Day. After returning to France, she adapted American social constructionist concepts of race as one source for her analysis of gender in The Second Sex. Relyea discusses later representations of race and gender in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.

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The Details

Published: October 31, 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 219
Formats: EbookPaperbackHardcover
ISBN-10: 0415867185
ISBN-13: 978-0415867184

Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory