The Resource Emmett Till in literary memory and imagination, edited by Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress

Emmett Till in literary memory and imagination, edited by Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress

Emmett Till in literary memory and imagination
Emmett Till in literary memory and imagination
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edited by Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress
The horrific 1955 slaying of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till marks a significant turning point in the history of American race relations. An African American boy from Chicago, Till was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when he was accused of "wolf-whistling" at a young white woman. His murderers abducted him from his great-uncle's home, beat him, then shot him in the head. Three days later, searchers discovered his body in the Tallahatchie River. The two white men charged with his murder received a swift acquittal from an all-white jury. The eleven essays in Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination examine how the narrative of the Till lynching continues to haunt racial consciousness and to resonate in our collective imagination.The trial and acquittal of Till's murderers became, in the words of one historian, "the first great media event of the civil rights movement," and since then, the lynching has assumed a central place in literary memory. The international group of contributors to this volume explores how the Emmett Till story has been fashioned and refashioned in fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography by writers as diverse as William Bradford Huie, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Anne Moody, Nicol's Guill?n, Aim? C?saire, Bebe Moore Campbell, and Lewis Nordan. They suggest the presence of an "Emmett Till narrative" deeply embedded in post-1955 literature, an overarching recurrent plot that builds on recognizable elements and is as legible as the "lynching narrative" or the "passing narrative." Writers have fashioned Till's story in many ways: an the annotated bibliography that ends the volume discusses more than 130 works that memorialize the lynching, calling attention to the full extent of Till's presence in literary memory.Breaking new ground in civil rights studies and the discussion of race in America, Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination eloquently attests to the special power and artistic resonance of one young man's murder
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E46 2008eb
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Southern literary studies
Emmett Till in literary memory and imagination, edited by Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress
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The Emmett Till case and narrative[s]: an introduction and overview / Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress -- On that third day he rose: sacramental memory and the lynching of Emmett Till / Christopher Metress -- The murder of Emmett Till in the melodramatic imagination: William Bradford Huie and Vin Packer in the 1950s / Sharon Monteith -- Flesh that needs to be loved: Langston Hughes writing the body of Emmett Till / Myisha Priest -- James Baldwin's unifying polemic: racial segregation, moral integration, and the polarizing figure of Emmett Till / Brian Norman -- Maids mild and dark villains, sweet magnolias and seeping blood: Gwendolyn Brooks's poetic response to the lynching of Emmett Till / Vivian M. May -- It could have been my son: maternal empathy in Gwendolyn Brooks's and Audre Lorde's Till poems / Laura Dawkins -- Silence and the frustration of broken promises: Annie Moody's struggle with the lynching of Emmett Till and the Civil Rights Movement / Kathaleen Amende -- This corpse so small left unavenged: Nicolás Guillén and Aimé Césaire on Emmett Till's lynching / Sylvie Kandé -- Childhood trauma and its reverberations in Bebe Moore Campbell's Your blues ain't like mine / Suzanne W. Jones -- Grotesque laughter, unburied bodies, and history: shape-shifting in Lewis Nordan's Wolf whistle / Harriet Pollack -- (Dis)embodying the Delta blues: Wolf whistle and Your blues ain't like mine / Donnie McMahand -- Literary representations of the lynching of Emmett Till: an annotated bibliography / Christopher Metress
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