The White Negro Pdf
The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster, a 9,000-word essay by Norman Mailer, connects the “psychic havoc” wrought by the Holocaust and atomic bomb to the aftermath of slavery in America in the figuration of the Hipster, or the “white negro”. It is a call to disassociate from Eisenhower liberalism and a numbing culture of conformity and psychoanalysis to embrace a rebellious, personal violence and emancipating sexuality that Mailer associates with marginalized black culture. The essay was first published in the 1957 special issue of Dissent, before being published separately by City Lights. While Mailer’s essay was controversial upon its release, winning praise, for example, from Eldridge Cleaver and equal criticism from James Baldwin, it remains perhaps his most famous and reprinted essay and “established Mailer’s reputation as a philosopher of hip”.
The White Negro Summary
The origins of The White Negro (WN) date from the mid-1950s. Mailer, explains Carl Rollyson in his biography, wanted to tap into the energy of the Beat Generation and the changes of consciousness its members — like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac — inspired. Mailer used “Quickly: A Column for Slow Readers”, his column in The Village Voice, to develop and explore his philosophy of hip, or “American existentialism”, and saw his psychopathic character Marion Faye from The Deer Park as a prototypical Hipster. Mailer also tapped into the cultural dialogue about black male sexuality and published, with the prompting of Lyle Stuart, four paragraphs about black male super-sexuality in the Independent. Mailer’s outrageous sentiment was not well received — notably by William Faulkner, Eleanor Roosevelt, and W. E. B. Du Bois — but prompted him to begin work on WN.
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Name Of the Novel: The White Negro
Author: Norman Mailer
Country: United States
Publisher: City Lights
Publication date: 1957
Media type: Print
Book Type: Pdf / ePub
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