Raising the Dead is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary exploration of death’s relation to subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature and tradition. Sharon Patricia Holland contends that black subjectivity specifically is attached in detail to dying. For Holland, vacationing via “the area of demise” supplies us, as cultural readers, a nuanced and applicable metaphor for realizing what's at stake while our bodies, discourses, and groups collide.
Holland argues that the presence of blacks, local americans, girls, queers, and different “minorities” in society is, like loss of life, “almost unspeakable.” She offers voice to—or raises—the lifeless via her exam of works resembling the motion picture Menace II Society, Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead, Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits, and the paintings of the all-white, male, feminist hip-hop band Consolidated. In difficult tested tools of literary research by means of placing often-disparate voices in discussion with one another, Holland forges connections between African-American literature and tradition, queer and feminist theory.
Raising the Dead might be of curiosity to scholars and students of yankee tradition, African-American literature, literary concept, gender reviews, queer concept, and cultural studies.

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