Novel Frames: Literature As Guide to Race, Sex, and History by Joseph R. Urgo

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Of course, racial difference (like sexual difference) continues to play a major role in the psychic dramas of American culture. "Race" (in quotations) may not exist as a legitimate scientific category, but it does so certainly as a social phenomenon. Appiah claims that racial differentiation is an act which "biologizes" what is essentially "culture, or ideology" (36); in other words, it insists that what is cultural is in fact natural, or that what (as Gates said) is fictional is in fact real. * Winthrop Jordan, in his monumental study, White over Black, claims that antiblackness is rooted in the content of Western Civilization's fundamental definition.

This is probably the most valuable quality of self-realization offered the reader by the fictional. Fiction interrogates the real. Since most interrogation these days is done by the defenders of a reality assumed to be immune to questioning, and since some teachers have taken to drawing up lists of things that everyone should know (not question: know), it is particularly timely that we cultivate Costa Lima's notion of reading. As fiction interrogates the real, it provides the reader not simply with a perspective but with a mode of consciousness.

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, beliefs in the integral, autonomous self persist as vestiges of a defunct ideological system. It creeps up, as this study demonstrates, in the way that the mass media employ codes of race, sex, and history to project American identity. In the West, as Geertz points out, we continue to imply that the individual possesses an objective existence: self-enclosed, self-interested, and protective of its "inner" self beyond the reach of any but the most intimate, if even to these.

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