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A Subtextual Reading of Clybourne Park: Adding a New Enemy to the Game

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2023, 36(2), pp.33-60
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama
  • Received : July 3, 2023
  • Accepted : August 7, 2023
  • Published : August 31, 2023

JUN, JOON-TAEK 1

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ABSTRACT

Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (2010) illustrates that political correctness enshrines racism concluding that America has changed but not evolved. This research aims to analyze the subtexts behind this obvious theme and envision the future of American racial drama. There are four issues in the subtexts of the play. First, Norris satirizes that American middle class has been shockingly unaware of the world, failing to understand the basic information to follow about foreign countries. Second, the sharing of a white identity has not finally fulfilled. Even though some suggest that a monolithic European American or white American entity has emerged, Italian, Polish, Jewish, Irish, or other non Anglo-Saxon European identities still matter. Thirdly, American whites still reproduces a racial hierarchy with the blacks, Asians, and the Hispanics at the bottom, and the whites at the top. Finally, America is producing a religious hierarchy with Muslim and Hindu at the bottom as some white Christian leaders have supported the racial hierarchy.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.