The Role Of Racism In American Literature

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work, we are still always aware of her presence in the background of contemporary literature.” (Edmund Wilson in Axel 's Castle, 1931) She reversed the roles and broke all taboos about her sexuality in her writings by expressing them freely in her works but that gained her major criticism in that period of time . One of the most critical mechanisms of modern or new racism is that it is based on an ideological structure of dissimilarity and othering, meaning the major focus of the modern racism is uniqueness or the individuality of the person. In combination with existing leading white hegemonic supremacy, racism becomes a powerful strategy for maintaining a balanced way of power distribution. Racism and themes of race coated the American literature because it is a part of the culture 's history. Rather, the race was regarded through a critical lens in order to fully understand the American canon. As the Theology professor Mary C. Hilkert in a Prezi presentation entitled "Otherness" in American Literature” that people cannot lose sight of the fact that the course of history, the American society has written race onto non-white peoples. To do as such would be to forfeit the gains made by every author who has fought to change the status quo. When a default or a norm is established in favor of one group over another, the attitude of an entire community is alienated; in other words, it is placed under an othering lens. Many researchers and activists; who battled for
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