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African American Literary Theory : A Reader - Winston Napier

African American Literary Theory

A Reader

By: Winston Napier (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9780814758106
Number Of Pages: 576

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"African American Literary Theory is an extraordinary gift to literary studies. It is necessary, authoritative and thorough. The timing of this book is superb "
--Karla F.C. Holloway, Duke University

"The influence of African American literature can be attributed, in no small part, to the literary theorists gathered in this collection. This is a superb anthology that represents a diversity of voices and points of view, and a much needed historical retrospective of how African American literary theory has developed."
--Marlon B. Ross, University of Michigan

"A volume of great conceptual significance and originality in its focus on the development of African American literary theory."
--Farah Jasmine Griffin, University of Pennsylvania

African American Literary Theory: A Reader is the first volume to document the central texts and arguments in African American literary theory from the 1920s through the present. As the volume progresses chronologically from the rise of a black aesthetic criticism, through the Blacks Arts Movement, feminism, structuralism and poststructuralism, and the rise of queer theory, it focuses on the key arguments, themes, and debates in each period.

By constantly bringing attention to the larger political and cultural issues at stake in the interpretation of literary texts, the critics gathered here have contributed mightily to the prominence and popularity of African American literature in this country and abroad. African American Literary Theory provides a unique historical analysis of how these thinkers have shaped literary theory, and literature at large, and will be a indispensable text for the study of African American intellectual culture.

Contributors include Sandra Adell, Michael Awkward, Houston A. Baker, Jr., Hazel V. Carby, Barbara Christian, W.E.B. DuBois, Ann duCille, Ralph Ellison, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Addison Gayle Jr., Carolyn F. Gerald, Evelynn Hammonds, Phillip Brian Harper, Mae Gwendolyn Henderson, Stephen E. Henderson, Karla F.C. Holloway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Joyce A. Joyce, Alain Locke, Wahneema Lubiano, Deborah E. McDowell, Harryette Mullen, Larry Neal, Charles I. Nero, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Marlon B. Ross, George S. Schuyler, Barbara Smith, Valerie Smith, Hortense J. Spillers, Sherley Anne Williams, and Richard Wright.

"The influence of African American literature can be attributed, in no small part, to the literary theorists gathered in this collection. This is a superb anthology that represents a diversity of voices and points of view, and a much needed historical retrospective of how African American literary theory has developed."-Marlo B. Ross, University of Michigan

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The 1920s to the 1960s: Affirming a Black Aestheticp. 15
Criteria of Negro Artp. 17
The Negro-Art Hokump. 24
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountainp. 27
Characteristics of Negro Expressionp. 31
Blueprint for Negro Writingp. 45
What White Publishers Won't Printp. 54
Self-Criticism: The Third Dimension in Culturep. 58
Expressive Languagep. 62
Brave Words for a Startling Occasionp. 66
And Shine Swam On: An Afterwordp. 69
The Black Writer and His Rolep. 81
The 1970s: The Onset of Theory and the Emergence of Black Feminist Critiquep. 87
Some Reflections on the Black Aestheticp. 89
Cultural Strangulation: Black Literature and the White Aestheticp. 92
Inside the Funk Shop: A Word on Black Wordsp. 97
Saturation: Progress Report on a Theory of Black Poetryp. 102
On the Criticism of Black American Literature: One View of the Black Aestheticp. 113
Toward a Black Feminist Criticismp. 132
Preface to Blackness: Text and Pretextp. 147
The 1980s: Poststructuralism and the Growth of Feminist Theoryp. 165
New Directions for Black Feminist Criticismp. 167
Generational Shifts and the Recent Criticism of Afro-American Literaturep. 179
Some Implications of Womanist Theoryp. 218
Belief, Theory, and Blues: Notes for a Post-Structuralist Criticism of Afro-American Literaturep. 224
"Woman's Era": Rethinking Black Feminist Theoryp. 242
Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Bookp. 257
The Race for Theoryp. 280
The Black Canon: Reconstructing Black American Literary Criticismp. 290
"What's Love Got to Do with It?": Critical Theory, Integrity, and the Black Idiomp. 298
In Dubious Battlep. 313
"Who the Cap Fit": Unconsciousness and Unconscionableness in the Criticism of Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.p. 319
Appropriative Gestures: Theory and Afro-American Literary Criticismp. 331
Introduction to The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticismp. 339
Speaking in Tongues: Dialogics, Dialectics, and the Black Woman Writer's Literary Traditionp. 348
Black Feminist Theory and the Representation of the "Other"p. 369
The 1990s: Feminist Expansions, Queer Theory, and the Turn to Cultural Studiesp. 385
Revision and (Re)membrance: A Theory of Literary Structures in Literature by African-American Women Writersp. 387
Toward a Black Gay Aesthetic: Signifying in Contemporary Black Gay Literaturep. 399
Theoretical Returnsp. 421
Phallus(ies) of Interpretation: Toward Engendering the Black Critical "I"p. 443
Nationalism and Social Division in Black Arts Poetry of the 1960sp. 460
The Problems with Silence and Exclusiveness in the African American Literary Communityp. 475
Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexualityp. 482
Some Glances at the Black Fag: Race, Same-Sex Desire, and Cultural Belongingp. 498
The Crisis in Black American Literary Criticism and the Postmodern Cures of Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.p. 523
A Black Man's Place in Black Feminist Criticismp. 540
Black Feminist Thinking: The "Practice" of "Theory"p. 557
"All the Things You Could Be by Now, If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother": Psychoanalysis and Racep. 580
Tearing the Goat's Flesh: Homosexuality, Abjection, and the Production of a Late Twentieth-Century Black Masculinityp. 602
African Signs and Spirit Writingp. 623
Mapping the Interstices between Afro-American Cultural Discourse and Cultural Studies: A Prolegomenonp. 643
Cultural Narratives Passed On: African American Mourning Storiesp. 653
Introduction to Race Men: The W. E. B. Du Bois Lecturesp. 660
Malcolm's Conk and Danto's Colors; or, Four Logical Petitions Concerning Race, Beauty, and Aestheticsp. 665
Suggested Readings since the 1970s for African American Literary/Cultural Theory: A Select Bibliographyp. 673
Contributorsp. 691
Permissionsp. 697
Indexp. 701
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ISBN: 9780814758106
ISBN-10: 081475810X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 4.83
Weight (kg): 1.0