Lesson 1
The Dietitian's Instrumental Use Of The Word "Nigger"
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Dimock, Wai Chee . AMST 246: HEMINGWAY, FITZGERALD, FAULKNER, Fall 2011 Yale OpenCourseWare: American Studies, Accessed 19/9/14 http://oyc.yale.edu/american-studies/amst-246/lecture-24 License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license Professor Wai Chee Dimock focuses on the unresolved problem of race in Light in August, focusing her discussion on the variety of reflexive and calculated uses of the word “nigger” as a charged term toward Joe Christmas. She shows how the semantic burden of the word varies – used under duress by Joe Brown and the dietician, deliberately made light of by Hightower and Bobbie, fused with the contrary meanings of Calvinist theology by Joanna Burden, and finally ironized by Joe Christmas himself.

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