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Journal Article

Wallace Thurman's "The Blacker the Berry" and the Question of the Emancipatory City

CATHERINE ROTTENBERG
Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal
Vol. 46, No. 4 (December 2013), pp. 59-74
Published by: University of Manitoba
Stable URL: http:/stable/44030708
Page Count: 16
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Wallace Thurman's "The Blacker the Berry" and the Question of the Emancipatory City
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Abstract

Focusing on the representation of Harlem, I examine how Wallace Thurman's 1929 The Blacker the Berry explicitly challenges the notion of "the emancipatory city" while emphasizing the spatial aspect of subject formation. Thurman underscores both the city's liberating potential and its simultaneous tendency to reinforce dominant normative schemes.

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