The white power utopia and the reproduction of victimized whiteness

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Abstract

David Eden Lane’s KD Rebel (2002) and H. A. Covington’s The Hill of the Ravens (2003) are meant to paint a “terrifying” picture of multiculturalism as a dominant ideology and social reality, but both novels also contain a eutopian dimension by imagining how white people could separate from US society and create a corrective alternative to multiculturalism and the perception that the government persecutes, in particular, white heterosexual men. This chapter argues that what makes these novels utopian is not the imagination of how perfect society would be if it were only populated by heterosexual, non-Jewish white people, but rather the formation (or reconsolidation) of whiteness as a form of class consciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRace and Utopian Desire in American Literature and Society
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages139-159
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030194703
ISBN (Print)9783030194697
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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