White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination

White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination

A bold, incisive look at race and reparative writing in American fiction, by the author of Your Face in MineWhite Flights is a meditation on whiteness in American fiction and culture from the end of the civil rights movement to the present. At the heart of the book, Jess Row ties “white flight”—the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs...

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Title:White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination
Author:Jess Row
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White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination Reviews

  • Colleen
    Yet another Graywolf book that resists easy classification. It blurs the lines between craft book and personal essay, family history and political argument, into a collection that’s highly useful, if not quite prescriptive, for white writers, particularly those who don’t see themselves tha...
  • Tessy Consentino
    Loved this book! Literary criticism done correctly....
  • Michael
    A book I'll be thinking about for a long time and a book I think all white writers must read to understand the tradition they are choosing to participate in. You can disagree but you cannot deny the history of whiteness and white supremacy in literature. You can try to play it cool like Bret Easton ...
  • Erica
    Reading this book felt like going to a lecture with a dynamic professor when you haven't done any of the reading. Thought provoking without having read 90% of the authors he cites (and having no desire to do so!), I will be chewing on this one for a long time to come....
  • Paul
    The kind of literary study that unspools and ricochets across a variety of theorists and topics, Row's text offers some new kernel or judgment of a canonical author in ways that make me want to revisit earlier works, to question older biases and rethink books I once unreservedly praised....
  • Aaron Cohen
    A book I had an incomplete handle on. Often in essay collections there are two or three exceedingly strong pieces bolstered with a bunch of average ones to make up a book. In this case, it felt like Row had some provocative (and effective) arguments to make about the different ways race plays (or fa...
  • Charlie
    The type of book Jess Row sets out to write here, a critique and examination of whiteness, should be written more often, but is also a tough needle to thread, and often throughout White Flights, Row doesn’t quite get all the threads through....
  • Betty F
    Don't mind me just updating my goodreads lol this book was a lot, it's important for folks, specifically white folks, in that it gives space to interrogate whiteness, white supremacy and the whole structure.Jess has too many references in here to things that i've never heard of so it made it feel pr...

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