Walter Mosley | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David L. Smith

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Walter Mosley.
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Critical Essay by David L. Smith

SOURCE: Smith, David L. “Walter Mosley's Blue Light: (Double Consciousness) squared.Extrapolation 42, no. 1 (spring 2001): 7-26.

In the following essay, Smith discusses Blue Light in terms of the intersection of transcendental thought and the African American experience, arguing that Blue Light's lukewarm critical reception was a result of reviewers not recognizing the work as “a novel of ideas.”

In a pre-publication blurb for the first edition of Walter Mosley's Blue Light, Jonathan Lethem characterized the novel as a piece of “urban transcendentalism” (dust jacket). It's hard to tell how seriously this was intended—Lethem went on to imagine the book with a soundtrack by George Clinton. Nevertheless, with just a little refocusing, the phrase provides a reliable guide to the book&#x...

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