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The Cambridge History of African American Literature

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Maryemma Graham, Jerry Ward, F. Abiola Irele, Philip Gould, Vincent Carretta, John Ernest, Stefan Wheelock, Kimberly Blockett, Joycelyn Moody, Warren Carson, Keith Byerman, Hanna Wallinger, Mark Sanders, Keith Leonard, Craig Werner, Sandra Shannon, Emily Bernard, Darryl Dickson-Carr, Nicole Walingora-Davis, John Lowe, Sabine Bröeck, Daryl Cumber Dance, James Smethurst, Howard Ramsby, Trudier Harris, Opal Moore, Tony Bolden, Madhu Dubey, Elizabeth Goldberg, Giselle L. Anatol, Candice Love Jackson, Reginald Martin, Harry Elam, Lawrence P. Jackson, Kenneth Warren
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521872171

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  • 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, emphasize 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.

    • A major new work of reference for scholars and students
    • Covers all genres of literary writing: fiction, poetry, theatre, (auto)biography and criticism
    • Includes a comprehensive bibliography of secondary works
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    "Covering 400 years of writing, this balanced reference is a comprehensive overview of the literary traditions, oral and print, of African-descended peoples in the United States, with expert contributors from this country and beyond. It does an excellent job of collecting current scholarship while suggesting new approaches to that effort. The work provides a reasonably complete chronological accounting from early oral traditions of the 17th century to classic works from late 19th-century writers such as poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, through Langston Hughes in the Harlem Renaissance, to the most recent decades where August Wilson became the most produced playwright in the 1990s."
    -Library Journal, Best Reference 2011: Language & Linguistics

    "Comprised of newly published essays by leading and emerging scholars in African American literature, CHAAL chronicles four hundred years of black writing and cultural production across multiple genres of writing (e.g., fiction, drama, and poetry) as well as across multiple physical, social, and ideological terrains. Since constructing a literary his- tory is at the center of this project, editors Maryemma Graham and Jerry Ward, Jr. carefully articulate the basis upon which this text articulates such a history."
    -American Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521872171
    • length: 860 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 159 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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
    Bibliography
    Suggested further reading.

  • Editors

    Maryemma Graham, University of Kansas
    Maryemma Graham is a Professor of English at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

    Jerry W. Ward, Jr, Dillard University, New Orleans
    Jerry W. Ward, Jr is a Professor of English at Dillard University, New Orleans.

    Contributors

    Maryemma Graham, Jerry Ward, F. Abiola Irele, Philip Gould, Vincent Carretta, John Ernest, Stefan Wheelock, Kimberly Blockett, Joycelyn Moody, Warren Carson, Keith Byerman, Hanna Wallinger, Mark Sanders, Keith Leonard, Craig Werner, Sandra Shannon, Emily Bernard, Darryl Dickson-Carr, Nicole Walingora-Davis, John Lowe, Sabine Bröeck, Daryl Cumber Dance, James Smethurst, Howard Ramsby, Trudier Harris, Opal Moore, Tony Bolden, Madhu Dubey, Elizabeth Goldberg, Giselle L. Anatol, Candice Love Jackson, Reginald Martin, Harry Elam, Lawrence P. Jackson, Kenneth Warren

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