Dissembling History: Postmodern Irony as Narrative Strategy
This book's introduction argues that the new slavery novels consititute a new literary form, or a sub-gente of the novel.' The previous chapter aligns the sub-genre with various post-structural theorists in ways that legitimize the slavery past as a valid and usable foundation for the aesthetic principles informing certain postmodern narratives about blacks' experience in the Americas. The first chapter's rapprochment of theory and narrative reveals a cultural rapproachment that engages methodologies from comparative literature and cultural studies. With Chapter Two, this book now turns ro close analyses of the literary texts ro cut through notions of "cultural" pasts and static identities in the present.