American Graphicity: Postwar Ethnic Literature and Visual Culture

Oscar Chavez
James Baldwin once asserted, “before we can do very much in the way of clear thinking or clear doing as relates to the minorities in this country, we must first crack the American image and find out and deal with what it hides.” My dissertation takes Baldwin’s call to heart by examining ethnic images in postwar American literature, interrogating the ways that texts speak to the faculties of sight and racial perception. This project asks...
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