By Lindon Barrett

ISBN-10: 0511003455

ISBN-13: 9780511003455

ISBN-10: 0521621038

ISBN-13: 9780521621038

Blackness and price investigates the rules during which "value" operates, and asks whether it is worthwhile to visualize that the thoughts of racial blackness and whiteness within the usa function when it comes to those ideas. trying out those thoughts through exploring quite a few theoretical ways and their shortcomings, Lindon Barrett unearths that the gulf among "the highway" (where race is stated as a strong enigma) and the literary academy (where till lately it has now not been) should be understood as a symptom of racial violence. whereas regularly methods to race and price are tested traditionally or sociologically, this interesting learn presents a brand new severe method that speaks to theorists of race in addition to gender and queer experiences.

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I only hope they are not as over-whelming as I sometimes fear. Beyond these forms of institutional and individual support, I have more personal debts to acknowledge. My family and my mother (to whom this book is dedicated) have been and are a constant source of reassurance and encouragement. Dorothy Barrett has taught me perserverance, laughter; to dance, to sometimes scream when you dance; and devotion. John Roberts, Elizabeth Alexander, Jennifer Brody, and Thelma Foote bear mention again. Last, but certainly and by no means least, I must express my love and gratitude to Harmon "Skip" Spruill, Lance Avington, Melvin White, and Barry Copilow, fabulous friends who sometimes make sitting down in front of a computer or a book an all too arduous task for me.

Value effect by formal and dynamic structuration is not acknowledged, as long as the value effect dissimulates as appraisal or assessment[,] the dialectical syntax that decides which values reign and how they rule through the mediation of concrete equivalents, the axiology[,] cannot be written. (11) In brief, the "dialectic syntax" that is always characteristic of value is often obscured and, hence, unrecognized. The investment of value in matters of limits, form, and system is an investment made in the service of conferring privilege; the hypostasization, singularity, and fixity of value are tied to the configuring of lesser and greater status or worth.

S. Landscape 94 Part Two Reasonings and Reasonablenesses 4 De-Marking Limits: Reading New Critical Bla(n)ckness 131 Part Three Phonic and Scopic Economies 5 Signs of Others: Circulations of a Purloined Letter Understood Otherwise 183 6 Signs of the Visible: (Re)Moving Pictures in The Narrows 214 Notes 243 Bibliography 255 Index 269 Page xi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This project began as my dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania and received in those early stages of its development generous fellowship support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Mellon Foundation through its Program for Assessing and Revitalizing the Social Sciences (PARSS).

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