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Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism

Jodi Melamed

Abstract

In the global convulsions in the aftermath of World War II, one dominant world racial order broke apart and a new one emerged. This story portrays the postwar racial break as a transition from white supremacist modernity to a formally antiracist liberal capitalist modernity in which racial violence works normatively by policing representations of difference. Following the institutionalization of literature as a privileged domain for Americans to get to know difference—to describe, teach, and situate themselves with respect to race—the text focuses on literary studies as a cultural technology f ... More

Keywords: World War II, white supremacist modernity, capitalist modernity, literary studies, antiracism, multiculturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816674244
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674244.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jodi Melamed, author
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, Marquette University