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Race: The History of an Idea in America (Race and American Culture)

Race: The History of an Idea in America (Race and American Culture)
Author: Thomas F. Gossett
ISBN 13: 9780195097788
ISBN 10: 195097785
Edition: 2
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1997-08-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $38.95

When Tom Gosset's Race: The History of an Idea in America appeared more than a generation ago, it explored the impact of race theory on literature in a way that anticipated the entire current scholarly discourse on the subject. Though it has gone out of print, it has never been rendered obsolete. Its reprinting is a boon to younger scholars in particular who are unfamiliar with its rich presentation of fact and its clear, efficient analysis, from which so much later theorizing has developed. With a new afterword by and about the author, and an introduction by series editors Arnold Rampersad and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, this edition should find a wide readership among young scholars and students working in African-American, literary, and cultural studies.

Library Journal

Gossett's benchmark title gets a facelift for the 1990s and beyond thanks to the inclusion of a new preface, foreword, and bibliographic essay by Gossett and other scholars. This remains "recommended for academic and public libraries" (LJ 4/1/64).