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The Cambridge History of African American Literature - Maryemma Graham

The Cambridge History of African American Literature

By: Maryemma Graham (Editor), Jerry W. Ward (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th February 2011
ISBN: 9780521872171
Number Of Pages: 860

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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 vet 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.

Maryemma Graham is professor of English at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She founded the Project on the History of Black Writing and has directed it for over twenty-five years. A former John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Humanities Center (2005-6) and recipient of numerous awards and federal program grants, Graham has held previous fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford and Mellon Foundations, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Antiquarian Society.

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

'The Cambridge History of African American Literature is a very timely contribution to the project of literary history in the 21st century and an invaluable resource for both scholars and students of African American literature. All of the individual chapters offer extremely rich and insightful discussions of many well-known and lesser-known authors and works in their social, historical, political, and aesthetic contexts.' Michael Basseler, Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen, Germany
'In its reframing of black discourse, introduction of new paradigms, and charting of new geographies, this collection represents an important and necessary addition to any collection of African American and American literature.' Folashade Alao, University of South Carolina
"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

African American Literature from Its Origins to the Twentieth Century
Sounds of a tradition: the souls of Black folk
Early print literature of Africans in America
The emergence of an African American literary canon, 1760-1820
Dividing a nation, uniting a people: African American literature and the Abolitionist Movement
African American literature and the slave narrative genre
Writing freedom: race, religion, and revolution, 1820-1840
'We wish to plead our own cause': independent Antebellum African American literature, 1840-1865
Racial ideologies in theory and practice: political and cultural nationalism, 1865-1910
The 'fictions' of race
'We wear the mask': the making of a poet
Toward a modernist poetics
African American Literature Since the Twentieth Century
Foundations of African American modernism, 1910-1950
The New Negro Movement and the politics of art
African American literature and the Great Depression
Weaving jagged words: the Black Left, 1930s-1940s
Writing the American story, 1945-1952
Geographies of the modern: writing beyond borders and boundaries
African American literature by writers of Caribbean descent
Reform and revolution, 1965-1976: the Black aesthetic at work
History as fact and fiction
Redefining the art of poetry
Cultural resistance and avant-garde aesthetics: African American poetry from 1970 to the present
New frontiers, cross-currents and convergencies: emerging cultural paradigms
African American Literature as Academic and Cultural Capital
Children's and young adult literatures
From writer to reader: Black popular fiction
Cultural capital and the presence of Africa: Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson and the power of Black theatre
African American literature: foundational scholarship, criticism and theory
African American literatures and new world cultures
Suggested further reading
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ISBN: 9780521872171
ISBN-10: 0521872170
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 860
Published: 28th February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 1.47