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Tightrope Walk - Identity, Survival and the Corporate World in African American Literature

James Robert Saunders

ISBN 10: 0786493763 / ISBN 13: 9780786493760
Published by McFarland Publishing, 2014
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Title: Tightrope Walk - Identity, Survival and the ...

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: BRAND NEW

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In Bebe Moore Campbell's Brothers and Sisters, Humphrey Boone is offered a seemingly wonderful deal by his job interviewer: "If you accept my offer and do the job that I believe you're capable of, I'll groom you for the presidency." A generous offer indeed until one realizes that for a black man, the capabilities to which the interviewer refers include such factors as being self-effacing, conforming one's speech to "clipped enunciation and perfect diction," and above all stifling any attraction to a white woman. In the works of such writers as Ralph Ellison, Gloria Naylor, Brent Wade, Ishmael Reed, Jill Nelson, and Bebe Moore Campbell, blacks who work in predominantly white corporations pay a terrible emotional and moral price. Wade and Nelson conclude that such situations have caused many blacks to go quietly insane. Reed draws a rather frightening connection between the corporate and the academic worlds, explaining how the former has come to serve as a model for the latter in recent years. In Ellison's Invisible Man, the young narrator learns of the extent to which Northern corporations control the activities of a Southern black college, and understands that he is invisible "because people refuse to see me."

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James Robert Saunders is a professor of English at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is the author/coauthor of four other titles from McFarland. The recipient of a law degree from Harvard and a doctorate in English from the University of Michigan, he holds the dubious distinction of having successfully negotiated--while serving as Student-Coordinator of Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia--a "tightrope walk" of his own as he labored to keep black students and white administrators from clashing, too vehemently, while the future of that academic program was teetering on the brink of collapse.

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