Deconstructing Eurocentric Representation in Charles by Hamid Masfour

By Hamid Masfour

learn Paper (postgraduate) from the yr 2015 within the topic American reviews - Literature, grade: 16/20, , path: Afro-American literature, language: English, summary: in lots of methods, Charles Johnson’s novel "The heart Passage" (1990) should be thought of a sophisticated rewriting of slavery and a meticulous rethinking of the Eurocentric representations of blacks. during the trip of an ex-slave, Calhoun Ruthford, stowing away on a boat to flee a compelled marriage, Charles Johnson weaves a postmodern slave narrative informed from the viewpoint of a black protagonist to query the tropes of white superiority.

In each twist and switch of the plot, Calhoun’s reflective trip underlies diverse websites of deconstruction opposed to white paradigms, artistically masterminded to unveil major moments of self-contradictory essentialist Eurocentrism. With a counter-discourse advocating inter-subjectivity, human interconnectedness, subjective mobility and 3rd areas, the center passage, as this essay argues, enacts diverse deconstructive recommendations regarding anti-Eurocentric cultural politics with rebellious Afro-American poetics

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