By Geoffrey Sanborn
Brown’s key dramatic protagonists have been the spirit of capitalization”the unscrupulous double of Max Weber’s spirit of capitalismand the beautiful slave girl,” a light-skinned African American lady at the verge of sale and rape. The unsettling portrayal of those figures, unfolding inside a riotous patchwork of second-hand texts, disappointed conference and provoked the mind's eye. may a slippery upstart lay the basis for a surely interracial society? may possibly the fetishized snapshot of a not-yet-sold girl carry open the prospect ¬¬of different destinies? Sanborn’s research of pastiche and plagiarism provides new intensity to the examine of nineteenth-century cultural heritage and African American literature, suggesting modes of African American writing that reach past narratives of necessity and function. Brown’s use of plagiarized texts and play with possession also are very important precursors to the paintings of such later authors as Pauline Hopkins, Nathaniel West, and Kathy Acker.
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