The Cambridge History of African American Literature

The Cambridge History of African American Literature

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Cambridge University Press, 2/3/2011
EAN 9780521872171, ISBN10: 0521872170

Hardcover, 860 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 4.5 cm
Language: English

The first major twenty-first century history of four hundred years of black writing, The Cambridge History of African American Literature presents a comprehensive overview of the literary traditions, oral and print, of African-descended peoples in the United States. Expert contributors, drawn from the United States and beyond, emphasise the dual nature of each text discussed as a work of art created by an individual and as a response to unfolding events in American cultural, political, and social history. Unprecedented in scope, sophistication and accessibility, the volume draws together current scholarship in the field. It also looks ahead to suggest new approaches, new areas of study, and as yet undervalued writers and works. The Cambridge History of African American Literature is a major achievement both as a work of reference and as a compelling narrative and will remain essential reading for scholars and students in years to come.

Introduction Maryemma Graham and Jerry Ward
Part I. African American Literature from Its Origins to the Twentieth Century
1. Sounds of a tradition
the souls of Black folk F. Abiola Irele
2. Early print literature of Africans in America Philip Gould
3. The emergence of an African American literary canon, 1760–1820 Vincent Carretta
4. Dividing a nation, uniting a people
African American literature and the Abolitionist Movement Stefan Wheelock
5. African American literature and the slave narrative genre John Ernest
6. Writing freedom
race, religion, and revolution, 1820–40 Kimberly Blockett
7. 'We wish to plead our own cause'
independent Antebellum African American literature, 1840–65 Joycelyn Moody
8. Racial ideologies in theory and practice
political and cultural nationalism, 1865–1910 Warren Carson
9. The 'fictions' of race Keith Byerman and Hanna Wallinger
10. 'We wear the mask'
the making of a poet Keith Leonard
11. Toward a modernist poetics Mark Sanders
Part II. African American Literature since the Twentieth Century
12. Foundations of African American modernism, 1910–50 Craig Werner and Sandra Shannon
13. The New Negro Movement and the politics of art Emily Bernard
14. African American literature and the Great Depression Darryl Dickson-Carr
15. Weaving jagged words
the Black Left, 1930s–40s Nicole Walingora-Davis
16. Writing the American story, 1945–52 John Lowe
17. Geographies of the modern
writing beyond borders and boundaries Sabine Broeck
18. African American literature by writers of Caribbean descent Daryl Cumber Dance
19. Reform and revolution, 1965–76
the Black aesthetic at work James Smethurst and Howard Ramsby
20. History as fact and fiction Trudier Harris
21. Redefining the art of poetry Opal Moore
22. Cultural resistance and avant-garde aesthetics
African American poetry from 1970 to the present Tony Bolden
23. New frontiers, cross-currents and convergencies
emerging cultural paradigms Madhu Dubey and Elizabeth Goldberg
Part III. African American Literature as Academic and Cultural Capital
24. Children's and young adult literatures Giselle L. Anatol
25. From writer to reader
Black popular fiction Candice Love Jackson
26. Cultural capital and the presence of Africa
Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson and the power of Black theatre Harry Elam
27. African American literature
foundational scholarship, criticism and theory Lawrence P. Jackson
28. African American literatures and new world cultures Kenneth Warren
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