Walter Mosley’s Detective Novels: The Creation of a Black Subjectivity
Based on the perspective on identity, consciousness, and subjectivity of black scholars such as Stuart Hall, bell hooks, Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois, along with the post-colonial approach of critics such as Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin, Robert Young, and Homi Bhabha among others, this book provides the necessary theoretical framework to discuss Walter Mosley´s Easy Rawlins novels from a postcolonial angle. Mosley reappropriates the conventions of the detective novel to represent the American society of the 1950s and 1960s from a marginal perspective. He creates a black private eye whose profile mirrors that of his white counterparts but also subverts it. Ultimately, Easy Rawlins’s subjectivity is thus determined by his role as a detective, his post-colonial consciousness as a black man raised in a society dominated by whites, and finally, his attachment and defense of a strong African American culture.