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Contemporary writers represent race in new ways, Stanford literary scholar finds

Portrait of Ramon Salvidar

In a forthcoming book, literary scholar Ramón Saldívar explores how contemporary writers are combining representations of race and racial identity with the literary experimentation. 

Image Credit: L.A. Cicero
Jan 17 2017

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In an examination of contemporary American literature, Ramón Saldívar, professor of English, shows how ethnic writers are creating a new racial aesthetic.

In 2009, a year after Barack Obama was elected president, Ramón Saldívar, professor of English and of comparative literature at Stanford, read something that caught his eye. In an op-ed in the New York Times, Colson Whitehead, an African American novelist, proclaimed that the United States had become a “postracial society.”

Whitehead used the term ironically in response to claims that since a black president had been elected, racism in America was something of the past.