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The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature


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Zoe Trodd, Brian Norman, GerShun Avilez, Nilgun Anadolu-Okur, Julie Buckner Armstrong, Christopher Metress, Sharon Monteith, Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, Robert J. Patterson, Barbara McCaskill
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107059832

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  • The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature brings together leading scholars to examine the significant traditions, genres, and themes of civil rights literature. While civil rights scholarship has typically focused on documentary rather than creative writing, and political rather than cultural history, this Companion addresses the gap and provides university students with a vast introduction to an impressive range of authors, including Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, and Toni Morrison. Accessible to undergraduates and academics alike, this Companion surveys the critical landscape of a rapidly growing field and lays the foundation for future studies.

    • Provides field-defining study of civil rights literature
    • Looks at fiction, poetry, film, drama, first-person writings - popular ways of learning about civil rights movement
    • Fills gap in interdisciplinary civil rights studies that usually focus on documentary writing, leaving out creative writing and other cultural productions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… an accessible, engaging, and valuable introduction to the literature of civil rights.' L. E. von Wallmenich, Choice

    'The essays hold together well as a collection but perhaps work best if used as couplets. The collection could be a primary text in English courses about the civil right movement or used selectively in fields as wide-ranging as film studies, women's studies, gender and queer studies, black studies, and history.' Kristopher Burrell, The Journal of Southern History

    'The collection deftly integrates imperative approaches to canonical works with compelling arguments for the consideration of less regarded texts. Followed by an instructive bibliography, this collection resonates as an invitation for further dialogue and delivers an interdisciplinary grounding upon which future works will surely flourish.' Zachary Manditch-Prottas, Callaloo

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107059832
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The civil rights movement and the literature of social protest Zoe Trodd
    2. The dilemma of narrating Jim Crow Brian Norman
    3. The Black Arts movement GerShun Avilez
    4. Drama and performance from civil rights to Black Arts Nilgün Anadolu-Okur
    5. Civil rights movement fiction Julie Buckner Armstrong
    6. The white Southern novel and the civil rights movement Christopher Metress
    7. Civil rights fictional film Sharon Monteith
    8. Civil rights movement poetry Jeffrey Lamar Coleman
    9. Gender, sex, and civil rights Robert J. Patterson
    10. Twenty-first-century literature: post-black? Post-civil rights? Barbara McCaskill.

  • Editor

    Julie Armstrong, University of Southern Florida
    Julie Buckner Armstrong is Professor of English at the University of South Florida, St Petersburg. She is the author of Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching and editor of The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation. Armstrong has also contributed to such journals as the African American Review, Mississippi Quarterly, MELUS, Southern Quarterly, the Flannery O'Connor Review and Georgia Historical Quarterly.


    Zoe Trodd, Brian Norman, GerShun Avilez, Nilgun Anadolu-Okur, Julie Buckner Armstrong, Christopher Metress, Sharon Monteith, Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, Robert J. Patterson, Barbara McCaskill

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