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The Racial Railroad

Title
The Racial Railroad / Julia H. Lee.
ISBN
9781479812783
Publication
New York : New York University Press, [2022]
Manufacture
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2023
Copyright Notice Date
©[2022]
Physical Description
1 online resource: illustrations
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Summary
"The Racial Railroad argues the train has been a persistent and crucial site for racial meaning-making in American culture for the past 150 years. This book examines the complex intertwining of race and railroad in literary works, films, visual media, and songs from a variety of cultural traditions in order to highlight the surprisingly central role that the railroad has played - and continues to play - in the formation and perception of racial identity and difference in the United States. Despite the fact that the train has often been an instrument of violence and exclusion, this book shows that it is also ingrained in the imaginings of racialized communities, often appearing as a sign of resistance. The significance of this book is threefold. First, it is the only book that I'm aware of that examines the train multivalently: as a technology, as a mode of transportation, as a space that blurs the line between public and private, as a form of labor, and as a sign. Second, it takes a multiracial approach to cultural narratives concerning the railroad and racial identity, which bolsters my claim about the pervasiveness of the railroad in narratives of race. It signifies across all racial groups. The meaning of that signification may be radically different depending upon the community's own history, but it nevertheless means something. Finally, The Racial Railroad reveals the importance of place in discussions of race and racism. Focusing on the experiences of racialized bodies in relation to the train - which both creates and destroys places - secures a presence for those marginalized subjects. These authors use the train to reveal how race defines the spatial logics of the nation even as their bodies are often deliberately hidden or obscured from public view"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Project Muse books annual backfile collection 2023.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 17, 2024
Contents
Introduction
Tracks Across the Land : Visualizing the Railroad in Settler Colonialism
The Chinaman's Crime
Telling Stories : The Transcontinental Railroad as Chinese American Narrative
Remembrance and Reenactment at Promontory Summit
The Jim Crow Train in African American Literature
Riding the Blind
Speculative Trains : Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad
Fugitive Trains
Coda: The Train Will Not Save Us.
Genre/Form
History.
History.
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