A darker form of discipline : the institutional character of Black literary studies, 1969-1999
- What has it meant to produce knowledge and to teach at the intersection of English literature and Black Studies? This dissertation asks after the history and function of Black literary studies as it emerged as an academic discipline in the late 20th century U.S. academy. I propose that Black literary studies' institutional knowledge project is best understood as an endeavor to reflexively theorize the conditions of its own institutionalization. To this end, I illustrate the tremendous promise represented by this endeavor as well as its significant liabilities. This introduction supplies theoretical and contextual exegesis and frames the methodological critique which grounds "A Darker Form of Discipline, " and which animates the broader experiment in interpretive method staged across my four chapters. This experiment attempts to reinvigorate Black literary studies' reflexive sensitivity to institutional knowledge production. Grounded in a disciplinary critique that defamiliarizes the subject/object relation of the critic and the literary text----arguing that Black literary studies' discipline formation relied on the mutualistic, co-creation of criticism and literary tradition----my interpretive method turns to the literary text as a collaborator and an informant on the institutional conditions of Black literary studies' discipline formation. In this way, I work toward a critical practice that can shed light upon its practitioners----helping us to assess the conditions under which we work, and to judge the type of work we actually do.
|Type of resource
|electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
|1 online resource.
|Patterson, Casey Wayne
|McGurl, Mark, 1966-
|Degree committee member
|McGurl, Mark, 1966-
|Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences
|Stanford University, English Department
|Statement of responsibility
|Casey Wayne Patterson.
|Submitted to the English Department.
|Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2023.
- © 2023 by Casey Wayne Patterson
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (CC BY).
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