Five Easy Pieces: Race in the Symbolic Universe
15 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 28, 2014
How did Western culture get from Shakespeare’s Caliban to Bill Cosby’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable? This essay examines that trajectory by consider six imaginative works: Shakespeare's The Tempest, Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Forster's A Passage to India, Faulkner's Light in August, Zemeckis's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and The Cosby Show. The focus is on the projective dynamics of racisim where the racial Other is made to express feelings and desires that the dominant culture denies.
Keywords: race, racism, multiculturalism, African-America, projection, symbolism, culture
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Benzon, William L., Five Easy Pieces: Race in the Symbolic Universe (July 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2473235 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2473235
Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?
Feedback to SSRN
If you need immediate assistance, call 877-SSRNHelp (877 777 6435) in the United States, or +1 212 448 2500 outside of the United States, 8:30AM to 6:00PM U.S. Eastern, Monday - Friday.