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Reading Resistance

Reading Resistance

The Guerilla in Literature

(p.114) Chapter Four Reading Resistance
Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities
Rychetta Watkins
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter applies the different facets of guerilla subjectivity—resistant, anticolonial, self-defined, self-determined, ideologically grounded, revolutionary agent—to a reading of Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969; 1990), Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976), and John Okada’s No-No Boy (1957; 1976). Greenlee’s novel is considered as an example of a stereotypical militant, revolutionary subjectivity. The novels by Walker and Okada are used to examine how these literary representations of the guerilla synthesize politics and aesthetics in a textual subject that complicates representations of blackness and yellowness, as well as revolution and resistance.

Keywords:   guerilla, politics, aesthetics, blackness, yellowness, Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Alice Walker, Meridian, John Okada, No-No Boy

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