Black Writers, White Publishers

Marketplace Politics in Twentieth-century African American Literature

Author: John Kevin Young

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 160473549X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

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Jean Toomer's "Cane" was advertised as "a book about Negroes by a Negro," despite his request not to promote the book along such racial lines. Nella Larsen switched the title of her second novel from "Nig" to "Passing," because an editor felt the original title "might be too inflammatory." In order to publish his first novel as a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection Richard Wright deleted a scene in "Native Son" depicting Bigger Thomas masturbating. Toni Morrison changed the last word of "Beloved" at her editor's request and switched the title of "Paradise" from "War" to allay her publisher's marketing concerns. Although many editors place demands on their authors, these examples invite special scholarly attention given the power imbalance between white editors and publishers and African American authors. "Black Writers, White Publishers: Marketplace Politics in Twentieth-Century African American Literature" examines the complex negotiations behind the production of African American literature. In chapters on Larsen's "Passing," Ishmael Reed's "Mumbo Jumbo," Gwendolyn Brooks's "Children Coming Home," Morrison's "Oprah's Book Club" selections, and Ralph Ellison's "Juneteenth," John K. Young presents the first book-length application of editorial theory to African American literature. Focusing on the manuscripts, drafts, book covers, colophons, and advertisements that trace book production, Young expands upon the concept of socialized authorship and demonstrates how the study of publishing history and practice and African American literary criticism enrich each other. John K. Young is an associate professor of English at Marshall University. His work has appeared in journals such as "College English," "African American Review," and "Critique."
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

The Cambridge History of African American Literature

Author: Maryemma Graham,Jerry W. Ward, Jr

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521872170

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 847

View: 5912

A major new history of the literary traditions, oral and print, of African-descended peoples in the United States.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Contemporary African American Literature

The Living Canon

Author: Lovalerie King,Shirley Moody-Turner

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025300697X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 392

View: 8332

In this volume, Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner have compiled a collection of essays that offer access to some of the most innovative contemporary black fiction while addressing important issues in current African American literary studies. Distinguished scholars Houston Baker, Trudier Harris, Darryl Dickson-Carr, and Maryemma Graham join writers and younger scholars to explore the work of Toni Morrison, Edward P. Jones, Trey Ellis, Paul Beatty, Mat Johnson, Kyle Baker, Danzy Senna, Nikki Turner, and many others. The collection is bracketed by a foreword by novelist and graphic artist Mat Johnson, one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary African American writers, and an afterword by Alice Randall, author of the controversial parody The Wind Done Gone. Together, King and Moody-Turner make the case that diversity, innovation, and canon expansion are essential to maintaining the vitality of African American literary studies.
Posted in Literary Criticism

A Social History of the University Presses in Apartheid South Africa

Between Complicity and Resistance

Author: Elizabeth Le Roux

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004293485

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 8123

In A History of the University Presses in Apartheid South Africa, Elizabeth le Roux examines the origins, publishing lists and philosophies of the university presses, as well as academic freedom and knowledge production, during the apartheid era.
Posted in History

Hip Hop's Inheritance

From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement

Author: Reiland Rabaka

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739164805

Category: Music

Page: 284

View: 2340

An analysis of the roles of the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, the Feminist Art movement and 1980s and 1990s postmodern aesthetics in hip-hop draws on a wide range of disciplines to reveal hip-hop's practice of cultural criticism, social commentary and political analysis. Simultaneous.
Posted in Music

Black on Black

Twentieth-Century African American Writing about Africa

Author: John Cullen Gruesser

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 081315880X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 7015

Black on Black provides the first comprehensive analysis of the modern African American literary response to Africa, from W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk to Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Combining cutting-edge theory, extensive historical and archival research, and close readings of individual texts, Gruesser reveals the diversity of the African American response to Countee Cullen's question, "What is Africa to Me?" John Gruesser uses the concept of Ethiopianism--the biblically inspired belief that black Americans would someday lead Africans and people of the diaspora to a bright future--to provide a framework for his study. Originating in the eighteenth century and inspiring religious and political movements throughout the 1800s, Ethiopianism dominated African American depictions of Africa in the first two decades of the twentieth century, particularly in the writings of Du Bois, Sutton Griggs, and Pauline Hopkins. Beginning with the Harlem Renaissance and continuing through the Italian invasion and occupation of Ethiopia, however, its influence on the portrayal of the continent slowly diminished. Ethiopianism's decline can first be seen in the work of writers closely associated with the New Negro Movement, including Alain Locke and Langston Hughes, and continued in the dramatic work of Shirley Graham, the novels of George Schuyler, and the poetry and prose of Melvin Tolson. The final rejection of Ethiopianism came after the dawning of the Cold War and roughly coincided with the advent of postcolonial Africa in works by authors such as Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, and Alice Walker.
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The Southern Register

The Newsletter of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, The University of Mississippi

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Posted in American literature

American writers

a collection of literary biographies. Supplement

Author: Leonard Unger

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 4052

Posted in Literary Criticism

Hunger Overcome?

Food and Resistance in Twentieth-century African American Literature

Author: Andrew Warnes

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820325293

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

View: 2956

African American writers have consistently drawn connections between hunger and illiteracy, and by extension between food and reading. This book investigates the juxtaposition of mulnutrition and spectacular food abundance as a key trope of African American writing.
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Gwendolyn Brooks

Author: Mildred R. Mickle

Publisher: Salem PressInc


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 406

View: 1224

With her mastery of traditional verse forms and insightful treatment of race, Gwendolyn Brooks carved a unique space for herself within American poetry. This title offers an introduction that reflects on Brooks' legacy, locating her work as a bridge between the poets of the Harlem Renaissance and the poets of the black arts movement.
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Eudora Welty Newsletter

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Best books

Page: N.A

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How to Revise a True War Story

Tim O'Brien's Process of Textual Production

Author: John K. Young

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609384679

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

View: 4353

“You can tell a true war story if you just keep on telling it,” Tim O’Brien writes in The Things They Carried. Widely regarded as the most important novelist to come out of the American war in Viet Nam, O’Brien has kept on telling true war stories not only in narratives that cycle through multiple fictional and non-fictional versions of the war’s defining experiences, but also by rewriting those stories again and again. Key moments of revision extend from early drafts, to the initial appearance of selected chapters in magazines, across typescripts and page proofs for first editions, and through continuing post-publication variants in reprints. How to Revise a True War Story is the first book-length study of O’Brien’s archival papers at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center. Drawing on extensive study of drafts and other prepublication materials, as well as the multiple published versions of O’Brien’s works, John K. Young tells the untold stories behind the production of such key texts as Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, and In the Lake of the Woods. By reading not just the texts that have been published, but also the versions they could have been, Young demonstrates the important choices O’Brien and his editors have made about how to represent the traumas of the war in Viet Nam. The result is a series of texts that refuse to settle into a finished or stable form, just as the stories they present insist on being told and retold in new and changing ways. In their lack of textual stability, these variants across different versions enact for O’Brien’s readers the kinds of narrative volatility that is key to the American literature emerging from the war in Viet Nam. Perhaps in this case, you can tell a true war story if you just keep on revising it.
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Cane (New Edition)

Author: Jean Toomer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871403129

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3567

“A breakthrough in prose and poetical writing. . . . This book should be on all readers’ and writers’ desks and in their minds.”—Maya Angelou First published in 1923, Jean Toomer’s Cane is an innovative literary work—part drama, part poetry, part fiction—powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer’s impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new afterword by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, who provide groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer, place his writing within the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and examine his shifting claims about his own race and his pioneering critique of race as a scientific or biological concept.
Posted in Fiction

Black Nature

Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry

Author: Camille T. Dungy

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820332771

Category: Poetry

Page: 387

View: 7806

Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated. Black poets have a long tradition of incorporating treatments of the natural world into their work, but it is often read as political, historical, or protest poetry--anything but nature poetry. This is particularly true when the definition of what constitutes nature writing is limited to work about the pastoral or the wild. Camille T. Dungy has selected 180 poems from 93 poets that provide unique perspectives on American social and literary history to broaden our concept of nature poetry and African American poetics. This collection features major writers such as Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, and Melvin B. Tolson as well as newer talents such as Douglas Kearney, Major Jackson, and Janice Harrington. Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century African American poetic movements. Black Nature brings to the fore a neglected and vital means of considering poetry by African Americans and nature-related poetry as a whole. A Friends Fund Publication.
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Propaganda and Aesthetics

The Literary Politics of African-American Magazines in the Twentieth Century

Author: Abby Arthur Johnson,Ronald Maberry Johnson

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870234026

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 6099

A detailed work that weaves the histories of different magazines and their various strands of black political thought in this century, proving the claim that black magazines, in providing outlets for black writers and recording their concerns, are therefore historical documents in their own right.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Book Review Index 2009


Author: Dana Ferguson

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9781414419121

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1262

View: 7534

Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines