Whitehead, Colson Essays

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Zone One

Colson Whitehead has written an inordinately compelling post-apocalyptic science fiction novel centering around the zombie archetype. In Zone One, he deftly uses the zombie model to create a mediocracy—a populace of dependent thinkers who accept,...

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Zone One

They drag their feet, slouching away from the sun, their palsied, wandering eyes clouded with the blood of rage-busted veins. Desire—the only living thing in them—snarls in the pit of their stomachs, the sole force carrying them forward in their...

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Sag Harbor

Colson Whitehead’s novel Sag Harbor (2009) and Barack Obama’s memoirs Dreams From My Father (1995) both tell a portion of the complicated story of race and race relations in America. The main characters in both of these novels have experiences of...

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Sag Harbor

In Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor, Benji is an embodiment of a changing definition of blackness despite his father’s attempt to orient his son to a desirable blackness. Thus I contend that racial socialization for privileged black boys does not...

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The Underground Railroad

In Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, one of her character’s notes that “we believe the one who has the power... So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, ‘Whose story am I missing?’” (Gyasi 239). With this in mind, novels of historical...