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Representing the RaceA New Political History of African American Literature$
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Gene Andrew Jarrett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814743386

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.001.0001

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The Politics of African American Literature after Obama

(p.197) Epilogue
Representing the Race

Gene Andrew Jarrett

NYU Press

This epilogue argues that post-Obama African American literature is not the same as post-racial African American literature. In the popular imagination, a post-racial moment pertains to the promise of a present and future in which race is no longer the main determinant of social relations and of the nation's democratic growth. In contrast, the promise of African American literature after Obama could not be a wish fulfillment to move away from race per se but an opportunity to investigate deeper within its metaphors, to rethink the traditional history of African American politics, and to conduct new kinds of revisionist historiography—or new rewritings of history—that recover the stories of race that had been omitted as a consequence of the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   post-racial, African American literature, African American politics, post-Barack Obama

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