This volume addresses the theme of inequality and includes critical readings in classic and contemporary works.
Half Title Page.
About This Volume.
Introduction: “Deprived of the Same Privilege”: On Inequality.
1: Caste: The Engine That Runs (Ruins) India: Arundhati Roy's novels The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
2: Punishment, Spirituality, and Materialism in the Anti-Utopia: Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novels Poor Folk, Notes from the Dead House, Winter Notes on Summer Impressions, Notes from the Underground, and Crime and Punishment.
3: Leveling the Playing Field: Cultural Relativism and Inequality: Kurt Vonnegut's novel The Sirens of Titan and short story “Harrison Bergeron”.
4: Structural Inequality, Labor Exploitation, and the Foundation of America: Solomon Northup's slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave and Frederick Douglass’ slave narrative My Bondage and My Freedom.
5: Racial Classifications and Crossing the Color Line: Nella Larsen's novel Passing.
6: Ideological Control and Human Nature in the Dystopian Society: George Orwell's novel 1984.
7: The “Closet” and Marginalized Identities James Baldwin's story “The Outing” and novel: Giovanni's Room.
8: White Femininity and the Black Female Gaze: Internalized Oppression: Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye.
9: Not Just Any Ol’ Injun: The (Re)Appropriation and Alteration of Native American Stereotypes: Louise Erdrich's novel Tracks.
10: Tracking Wolves: A Metaphor for Cross-border Inequality: Cormac McCarthy's novel The Crossing.
11: Historical Trauma and the Haunting of “Comfort Women”: Nora Okja Keller's novel Comfort Woman and Yong Soon Min's Art Works.
12: Dwelling in Time: The Representation of Poverty on Film: Pedro Costa's film series Letters from Fontainhas.