Whites Aren't Alright

Mitchell, Jon (2023) Whites Aren't Alright. American Literary History Online Review Series, 35 (2). pp. 884-892. ISSN 0896-7148

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This essay evaluates how the three writers under review contribute to a persistent discussion about American identity and the many debates that still circulate around it—what it is and isn’t, and who it includes, fails to include, or shouldn’t include. Individually, each author tries to add nuance and contemporary problematics to the debates. Collectively, moreover, they remind the reader that, despite the work of identity politics in its many forms throughout the twentieth century and since; despite the increased secularization of the nation, or at least its culture; and despite even the election of a Black president or the presidential candidacy of a woman, these debates about race, gender, sexuality, and the place of religion in American life are just as significant now as they have ever been. Instead of seeing racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious fervor as remnants of the past or as legacies of beliefs that have been surpassed through progress, each book works to show how the fights over national identity are very much ongoing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural studies,history,literature and literary theory ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3316
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 May 2023 14:34
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92110
DOI: 10.1093/alh/ajad018

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