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Post-Soul SatireBlack Identity after Civil Rights$
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Derek C. Maus and James J. Donahue

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039973

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.001.0001

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Percival Everett’s Erasure: That Drat Aporia When Black Satire Meets “The Pleasure of the Text”

Percival Everett’s Erasure: That Drat Aporia When Black Satire Meets “The Pleasure of the Text”

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(p.85) Percival Everett’s Erasure: That Drat Aporia When Black Satire Meets “The Pleasure of the Text”
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Post-Soul Satire
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Gillian Johns

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.003.0006

This chapter provides a reading of Pervical Everett’s Erasure rooted in Roland Barthes’ distinction between “readerly” and “writerly” texts. This chapter explores the means by which Erasure forces its readers to engage in a reading praxis that highlights the racialized nature of reading African American texts. Ultimately, this chapter warns against falling into interpretive traps that severely constrain the political potential of such texts.

Keywords:   Percival Everett, Erasure, Roland Barthes, Satire, Reading praxis

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