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Author So, Richard Jean, author.

Title Redlining culture : a data history of racial inequality and postwar fiction / Richard Jean So
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents Production: On White Publishing -- Reception: Multiculturalism of the 1% Percent -- Recognition: Literary Distinction and Blackness -- Consecration: The Canon and Racial Inequality -- Conclusion
Summary "The canon of postwar American fiction has changed over the past few decades to include far more writers of color. It would appear that we are making progress-recovering marginalized voices and including those who were for far too long ignored. However, is this celebratory narrative borne out in the data? Richard Jean So draws on big data, literary history, and close readings to offer an unprecedented analysis of racial inequality in American publishing that reveals the persistence of an extreme bias toward white authors. In fact, a defining feature of the publishing industry is its vast whiteness, which has denied nonwhite authors, especially black writers, the coveted resources of publishing, reviews, prizes, and sales, with profound effects on the language, form, and content of the postwar novel. Rather than seeing the postwar period as the era of multiculturalism, So argues that we should understand it as the invention of a new form of racial inequality-one that continues to shape the arts and literature today. Interweaving data analysis of large-scale patterns with a consideration of Toni Morrison's career as an editor at Random House and readings of individual works by Octavia Butler, Henry Dumas, Amy Tan, and others, So develops a form of criticism that brings together qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of literature. A vital and provocative work for American literary studies, critical race studies, and the digital humanities, Redlining Culture shows the importance of data and computational methods for understanding and challenging racial inequality"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 21, 2020)
Subject American fiction -- African American authors -- History and critcism
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Authors and publishers -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Discrimination in employment -- United States.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Literature publishing -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Literature -- Data processing
Race discrimination -- United States -- History -- 20th century
American fiction
Authors and publishers
Discrimination in employment
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Publishers & Publishing Industry.
Literature and society
Literature publishing -- Political aspects
Literature -- Data processing
Race discrimination
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020022409
ISBN 0231552319