Category: Week 1

Response to Maxwell’s “Total Literary Awareness” by Damele E. Collier

In “Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-read African American Writing,” I found William J. Maxwell’s description of the “machinery of political repression” intriguing. It seems this machine…

Luis Zambrano: Blacklisted: Response to “Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-read African American Writing. ” American Reader. Maxwell, W.J.

Fiction itself would hardly be able to invent the scene of an eager FBI agent who, intent on assiduously analyzing and surveiling for Communist sympathies the theatrical premiere…

Arelle Binning: Response to William J. Maxwell’s “Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-Read African American Writing”

William J. Maxwell’s “Total Literary Awareness:  How the FBI Pre-Read African American Writing” interests me on several levels. The first is that I was not aware of how…

Daniel Carlson: response to William J. Maxwell’s “Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-read African American Writing”

Although written well before the election of Donald Trump, it’s difficult to read Maxwell’s Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-read African American Writing without comparing the current…

Pedro Sepulveda: Reflection on Total Literary Awareness

In the current day, government surveillance and accompanying social anxiety have become almost commonplace in the popular American imagination, if current meme trends can be indicators of anything….

Charlene Obernauer: Reflection on Maxwell’s Total Literary Awareness

William Maxwell’s “Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-Read African American Writing” shines a light on Hoover’s Total Literary Awareness campaign in the FBI and its racist screening…

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