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Not Even Past: Race, Historical Trauma, and Subjectivity in Faulkner, Larsen, and Van Vechten

Dorothy Stringer


This book highlights references to nineteenth-century U.S. slavery and anti-Black racism in literary and photographic projects begun during the late 1920s and early 1930s, including novels by William Faulkner and Nella Larsen, and portraits by Carl Van Vechten. These texts share a representational crisis, in which distinctions between present, quotidian racism and a massive, fully racialized historical trauma disappear. All identify persistent historical traumatization with intense subjective states (including madness, religious ecstasy, narcissism, and fetishistic enjoyment), and each explore ... More

Keywords: black primitivism, white supremacy, slavery, anti-Black racism, novelists, photographer, William Faulkner, Nella Larsen, Carl Van Vechten, trauma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823231478
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothy Stringer, author
Temple University