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Whiteness Visible

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In Whiteness Visible, Valerie Babb investigates the history, values, rituals, and shared consciousness that created whiteness in the United States, as well as the representations that sustain its influence on both cultural and literary vision. Babb formulates an understanding of whiteness by tracing its literary and cultural evolution, enlisting diverse sources from, among ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by New York University Press
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Sarah
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
"I got this book from my grandmother (a progressive literary geek) and was intruiged by the main thesis - that whiteness has been specifically constructed in this country, including through literature. I learned a lot from the book - it has great thorough research with quotes and references that inspired me to read more. I agree with her thesis, although the presentation of it got jumbled some.

She blended together the ideas that whiteness is a specifically constructed identity and the fact that
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Tarah
Mar 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Her literary analysis of Moby Dick is really stirring. The work in and of itself is important, but the book is often uneven. She moves from cartography to Melville to housing sectioning as examples of the workings of whiteness in society and how it inscribes itself as dominant normalcy (and, in the case of Melville, how you work against that), and these are all fine examples, but they are disparate and she doesn't make a good case as to why these examples all belong together (why not all lit? al ...more
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