A mountain full of ghosts: Mourning african american masculinities in colson whitehead's john henry days

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Abstract

This article discusses how Colson Whitehead's novel, John Henry Days, questions the accuracy of the portrayal of African American masculinities within a dominant white historiography. It reads the festival portrayed in John Henry Days as a concerted effort to disguise and disrupt any sincere attempts at exposing the realities of working-class African American life in the (post)Reconstruction South. Likewise, the article questions to what extent the contemporary social realities portrayed in the novel allow for a sincere attempt to remember and mourn those working-class African American men who died for the industrial progress celebrated during the novel's festival, the John Henry Days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalAfrican American Review
Volume46
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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