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Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual

Jermaine Singleton


A daring cultural and literary studies investigation, this book explores the legacy of unresolved grief produced by ongoing racial oppression and resistance in the United States. Using analysis of literature, drama, musical performance, and film, the book demonstrates how rituals of racialization and resistance transfer and transform grief discreetly across time, consolidating racial identities and communities along the way. It also argues that this form of impossible mourning binds racialized identities across time and social space by way of cultural resistance efforts. The book develops the ... More

Keywords: unresolved grief, racial oppression, racial resistance, racialization, cultural resistance, critical race studies, psychoanalysis, African American literature, queer theory, collective agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039621
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jermaine Singleton, author
Hamline University