By Sharon Patricia Holland
Elevating the lifeless is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary exploration of death’s relation to subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature and tradition. Sharon Patricia Holland contends that black subjectivity specifically is attached in detail to dying. For Holland, traveling via “the area of dying” supplies us, as cultural readers, a nuanced and acceptable metaphor for realizing what's at stake while bodies,discourses, and groups collide.Holland argues that the presence of blacks, local american citizens, girls, queers, and different “minorities” in society is, like loss of life, “almost unspeakable.” She provides voice to—or raises—the useless via her exam of works corresponding to the motion picture risk II Society, Toni Morrison’s novel loved, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the lifeless, Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits, and the paintings of the all-white, male, feminist hip-hop band Consolidated. In tough demonstrated tools of literary research by way of placing often-disparate voices in discussion with one another, Holland forges connections between African-American literature and tradition, queer and feminist theory.Raising the useless may be of curiosity to scholars and students of yank tradition, African-American literature, literary conception, gender reports, queer idea, and cultural experiences.