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Jennings, La Vinia Delois

Works: 9 works in 34 publications in 1 language and 3,130 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3505.H76, 809.93355
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by La Vinia Delois Jennings
At home and abroad historicizing twentieth-century whiteness in literature and performance ( )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Featuring new critical essays by scholars from Europe, South America, and the United States, At Home and Abroad presents a wide-ranging look at how whiteness-defined in terms of race or ethnicity-forms a category toward which people strive in order to gain power and privilege. Collectively these pieces treat global spaces whose nation building and identity formation have turned on biological and genealogical exigencies to whiten themselves. Drawing upon racialized, national practices implemented prior to and during the twentieth century, each of the essays enlists literature or performance to reflect the sociopolitical imperatives that secured whiteness in the respective locations they study. They range from examinations of whiteness in the literature of Appalachia and contemporary Argentinean poetry to an analysis of performances memorializing the colonial experience in Italy and an exploration into the white rap music of Eminem and contemporary multiracial passing. As the contributors show, literary and performance representations have the power to chronicle histories that reflect the behaviors and lived realities of our selves. Whether whiteness, in addition to its physical manifestation, presents itself as identity, symbol, racism, culture, social formation, political imposition, legal imposition, or pathology, it has been outed into the visible, even in national spaces where the term & ldquo;whiteness & rdquo; has yet to be translated and entered into the official lexicon. The ten essays collected here provide powerful insights into where and how the race for biological and genealogical whiteness persists in various geopolitical realms and the ways in which Nordic whites, as well as ethnic whites and nonwhites, resecure its ascendance. La Vinia Delois Jennings is professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her recent critical study Toni Morrison and the Idea of Africa won the 2008 Toni Morrison Society Prize for Best Single-Authored Book on the Nobel laureate and Pulitzer-Prize winning author
Alice Childress by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A founding member of the American Negro Theatre, Childress became in 1952 the first African-American woman to see her play (Gold through the Trees) professionally produced in New York and in 1956 the first to receive an Obie Award (for Trouble in Mind). She is perhaps best known today, for A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich, her 1973 novel for young adults about a 13-year-old black boy addicted to heroin. At the time of her death in 1994, Childress could lay claim to a writing career of more than 40 years in which she examined with honesty and passion the meaning of being black, and especially of being black and female, in a culture where being white and male was what counted. As Childress herself once said, "I concentrate on portraying have-nots in a have society."
Toni Morrison and the idea of Africa by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )
12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Toni Morrison's fiction has been read as a contribution to and critique of Western civilization and Christianity. La Vinia Delois Jennings reveals the fundamental role African traditional religious symbols play in her work. Based on extensive research into West African religions and philosophy, Jennings uncovers and interprets the African themes, images, and cultural resonances in Morrison's fiction. She shows how symbols brought to the America's by enslaved West Africans are used by Morrison in her landscapes, interior spaces, and on the bodies of her characters. Jennings's analysis of these symbols demonstrates that a West African collective worldview informs both Morrison's work and contemporary African-American life and culture. This important contribution to Morrison studies will be of great interest to scholars of African-American literature."--BOOK JACKET
Zora Neale Hurston, Haiti, and Their eyes were watching God ( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A short walk by Alice Childress( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Famed dramatist and author Alice Childress portrays her protagonist's "short walk" through life. During the early half of the twentieth century, Cora James experiences political movements, the easy life of dealing poker in a Harlem card parlor, and the more grueling demands of the vaudeville circuit. She emerges as the woman of stature she always vowed to become
Sexual violence in the works of Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison by La Vinia Delois Jennings( )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At Home and Abroad ( )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At home and abroad historicizing twentieth-century whiteness in literature and performance ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A Death of dreams : a dramatic adaptation of William Hoffman's novel by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Audience level: 0.47 (from 0.25 for A short wa ... to 0.85 for Zora Neale ...)
Alternative Names
Delois-Jennings, L.
Delois Jennings, La Vinia
Jennings, La Vinia D.
English (34)