20. “The Look of the World”: Richard Wright on Perspective

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director1 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow2
  1. Mikko Tuhkanen Assistant Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch20

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Tuhkanen, M. (2010) “The Look of the World”: Richard Wright on Perspective, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Texas A&M University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910

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Keywords:

  • “The Look of the World”- Richard Wright on perspective;
  • great challenge of studying Fitzgerald's entire body of stories - separating assumptions of “commercial” from parallel presumptions of what constitutes “literary modernism”;
  • Wright arguing, for benefit of a socialist Weltanschauung - for the emerging black artist;
  • “Bright and Morning Star” - providing an early example of Wright's delineation of the promise and danger of competing perspectives;
  • Wright delighting in depicting - irrational outcomes of encounters across incompatible epistemological positions;
  • Wright attributing to his narrator, a curiosity about the world(s) beyond the Veil to which other black characters remain insensitive

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading