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African American Literature (Penguin Academics Series) / Edition 1

African American Literature (Penguin Academics Series) / Edition 1

by Keith Gilyard

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ISBN-10: 0321113411

ISBN-13: 2900321113411

Pub. Date: 01/21/2004

Publisher: Longman

African-American Literature is thematically arranged, comprehensive survey of African-American Literature. The unique thematic organization of the anthology allows for a concise and coherent assessment of African American literature. The thematic approach gives readers a better sense of the intertextuality that binds a literary tradition together rather than a


African-American Literature is thematically arranged, comprehensive survey of African-American Literature. The unique thematic organization of the anthology allows for a concise and coherent assessment of African American literature. The thematic approach gives readers a better sense of the intertextuality that binds a literary tradition together rather than a chronological approach that organizes material strictly on the basis of an author's birth date. Those interested in African-American literature.

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Table of Contents

1. Middle Passage/Graveyards.
From The Interesting Narrative, Olaudah Equiano.
“Middle Passage,” Robert Hayden.
“Ark of Bones,” Henry Dumas.
From Beloved, Toni Morrison.
From Middle Passage, Charles Johnson.
From Joe Turner's Come and Gone, August Wilson.
From The Souls of Black Folk , W. E. B. Du Bois.
“A Death Song,” Paul Laurence Dunbar.
“A Brown Girl Dead,” Countee Cullen.
From Black Thunder, Arna Bontemps.
Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston.
“Burial,” Alice Walker.
“View from Rosehill Cemetery,” Alice Walker.
“Looking for Zora,” Alice Walker.
From A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest Gaines.
From Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash.

2. The South.
“Southern Song,” Margaret Walker.
Cane, Jean Toomer.
“Big Boy Leaves Home,” Richard Wright.
From Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston.
From Mama Day, Gloria Naylor.
From Gather Together in My Name, Maya Angelou.
“Strange Fruit,” Billie Holiday.
“Tennessee,” Arrested Development.

3. Spirituals Aesthetic.
“God's Going to Trouble the Water.”
“Go Down, Moses.”
“Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?”
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
“Steal Away to Jesus.”
“Dry Bones.”
“Walk Together Children.”
“I've Been 'Buked'.”
“There's No Hiding Place Down There.”
“An Evening Thought,” Jupiter Hammon.
“On beingBrought from Africa to America,” Phillis Wheatley.
“Letter to Samson Occum,” Phillis Wheatley.
From “Moses: A Story of the Nile,” Frances E. W. Harper.
“O Black and Unknown Bards,” James Weldon Johnson.
“Runagate Runagate” by Robert Hayden.
From Jubilee, Margaret Walker.
From Youngblood, John Oliver Killens.
From A Different Drummer, William Melvin Kelley.
“People Get Ready,” Curtis Mayfield.
“Say It Loud,” James Brown.
“A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke.
“Jesus Was Crucified,” Carolyn Rodgers.
“When We'll Worship Jesus,” Amiri Baraka.
“It Is Deep,” Carolyn Rodgers.
“Apocalypse,” Charlie Braxton.
“Final Hour,” Lauryn Hill.
“The New Miz Praise De Lawd,” Nicole Breedlove.

4. Blues/Jazz Aesthetic.
“St. Louis Blues,” W. C. Handy.
“Backwater Blues,” Bessie Smith.
“Crossroad Blues,” Robert Johnson.
“The Weary Blues,” Langston Hughes.
“Jazzonia,” Langston Hughes.
“Cabaret,” Langston Hughes.
“Midwinter Blues” by Langston Hughes.
“Ma Man,” Langston Hughes.
“Wide River,” Langston Hughes.
“Flatted Fifths,” Langston Hughes.
“Jam Session,” Langston Hughes.
“The Backlash Blues,” Langston Hughes.
“Ma Rainey,” Sterling Brown.
“New St. Louis Blues,” Sterling Brown.
“River Town Packin House Blues,” Quincy Troupe.
“Liberation Blues,” Mari Evans.
“Lee Morgan,” Mari Evans.
“Sonny's Blues,” James Baldwin.
From Corregidora, Gayl Jones.
“Jazz Is,” Ted Joans.
“Jazz Is My Religion,” Ted Joans.
“Him the Bird,” Ted Joans.
“His Horn,” Bob Kaufmann.
“O-Jazz-O,” Bob Kaufmann.
“AM/TRAK,” Amiri Baraka.
“a/coltrane/poem,” Sonia Sanchez.
“Into This Time,” Jayne Cortez.”
“Solo Finger Solo,” Jayne Cortez.
From Be-Bop, Re-Bop, Xam Wilson Cartier.
“Law Giver in the Wilderness,” Sterling Plumpp.
“Elegy for Thelonius,” Yusuf Komunyakaa.
“February in Sydney,” Yusuf Komunyakaa.
“Billie in Silk,” Angela Jackson.
“Make/n My Music,” Angela Jackson.
“d.c.harlem suite,” Brian Gilmore.

5. Folktales and Literature.
“A God's Chillen Had Wings.”
“A Flying Fool.”
“John and the Two White Men in Court.”
“The Signifying Monkey.”
“The Sinking of the Titanic.”
“I Sing of Shine,” Etheridge Knight.
“Railroad Bill.”
“John Henry.”
“The Birth of John Henry,” Melvin B. Tolson.
“Flying Home,” Ralph Ellison.
From John Henry Days, Colson Whitehead.
From “ Praisesong for the Widow,” Paule Marshall.
From Baby of the Family, Tina McElroy Ansa.

6. Migration.
The Sport of the Gods, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
“The New Negro,” Alain Locke.
From Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison.
From Jazz, Toni Morrison.
“Daddy Garbage” and the Preface “Letter to Robby,” John Edgar Wideman.
“Far Away Blues,” Bessie Smith and Clara Smith.
“Traveling Blues,” Ma Rainey.
“One Way Ticket,” Langston Hughes.

7. Social Protest.
From Native Son, Richard Wright.
From If He Hollers Let Him Go, Chester Himes.
From The Street, Ann Petry.
“Tell Me,” Langston Hughes.
“Harlem 2,” Langston Hughes.
“Same in Blues,” Langston Hughes.
A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry.

8. Nationalist Discourse.
Preamble plus Articles I and II of the Appeal , David Walker.
“Address at the African Masonic Hall,” Maria Stewart.
Conclusion and Appendix from The Condition, Elevation, Emigration and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States, Politically Considered, Martin R. Delany.
“The Conservation of Races,” W.E.B. Du Bois.
From Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Marcus Garvey.
From Our Savior Has Arrived, Elijah Muhammad.
“The Black Revolution,” Malcolm X.
“The Ballot or the Bullet,” Malcolm X.
“Standing as an African Man” by Haki Madhubuti.

9. Discourse of Jeremiahs.
Article III of the Appeal, David Walker.
“The Blood of the Slave on the Skirts of the Northern People,” Frederick Douglass.
“Emancipation, Racism, and the Work Before Us,” Frederick Douglass.
“Speech at the Atlanta Exposition,” Booker T. Washington.
From The Future of the American Negro, Booker T. Washington.
From Red Record, Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
“Address to the Country,” Du Bois.
“Certain Unalienable Rights,” Mary McLeod Bethune.
From The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois, W. E. B. Du Bois.
“Speech at Holt Street Baptist Church,” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I Have a Dream” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
From Where Do We Go From Here?, Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Beyond Multiculturalism & Eurocentrism,” Cornel West.
And/Or “Twilight Civilization,” Cornel West.

10. Discourse of Feminists/Womanists.
“Speech Delivered to the Women's Rights Convention, Akron, Ohio,” Sojourner Truth.
“Speech Delivered to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights Association,” Sojourner Truth.
Selection by Anna Julia Cooper (TBA).
“The Awakening of the Afro-American Woman,” Victoria Earle Matthews.
“The Heart of a Woman,” Georgia Douglas Johnson.
“My Little Dreams,” Georgia Douglas Johnson.
“Free,” Georgia Douglas Johnson.
Maud Martha, Gwendolyn Brooks.
“A Song of Sojourner Truth,” June Jordan.
“Where Is the Love?,” June Jordan.
“Poem About My Rights,” June Jordan.
From The Color Purple, Alice Walker.
“A Name Is Sometimes an Ancestor Saying Hi, I'm With You,” Alice Walker.
“Feminism: It's a Black Thing,” bell hooks.

11. Rituals (Masking, Trickster, and Literacy).
“We Wear the Mask,” Paul Laurence Dunbar.
“Goophered Grapevine,” Charles W. Chesnutt.
From Passing, Nella Larsen.
From The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, James Weldon Johnson.
From Clotel, William Wells Brown.
From The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass.
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs.
From Flight to Canada, Ishmael Reed.
“The Mask,” Wyclef Jean.

12. Liberatory/Prophetic/“The Black Aesthetic.”
“My People,” Langston Hughes.
“Heritage,” Countee Cullen.
“Enslaved,” Claude McKay.
“Outcast,” Claude McKay.
“If We Must Die,” Claude McKay.
“From the Dark Tower,” Helene Johnson.
“Poem,” Helene Johnson.
“For My People,” Margaret Walker.
“The Life of Lincoln West,” Gwendolyn Brooks.
“Malcolm X,” Gwendolyn Brooks.
“Old Black Ladies Standing on Bus Stop Corners #2,” Quincy Troupe.
“From The Man Who Cried I Am, John A. Williams.
“A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand,” Amiri Baraka.
“Black Art,” Amiri Baraka.
“A Poem for Black Hearts,” Amiri Baraka.
From The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Sam Greenlee.
“Back Again, Home,” Haki Madhubuti.
“We Walk the Way of the New World,” Haki Madhubuti.
“Black Power,” Nikki Giovanni.
“Poem for Black Boys,” Nikki Giovanni.
“The Great Pax White,” Nikki Giovanni.
“Black Writing,” Larry Neal.
“One Spark Can Light a Prairie Fire,” Larry Neal.
“Black Man's Feast,” Sarah Webster Fabio.
“Evil Is No Black Thing,” Sarah Webster Fabio.
“Tripping with Black Writing,” Sarah Webster Fabio.
Selection by Toni Cade Bambara (TBA).
“Listenen to Big Black at S.F. State,” Sonia Sanchez.
“This is Not a Small Voice,” Sonia Sanchez.
“Reflections on Margaret Walker: Poet,” Sonia Sanchez.
“Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara,” Sonia Sanchez.
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” Gil Scott Heron.
“The Revolution Will Be on the Big Screen,” Derrick Gilbert.
“Reparation,” Derrick Gilbert.
“Why I Would Never Buy a Jeep Cherokee,” Derrick Gilbert.
“Capitalism Is a Brutal Motherfucker,” Tony Medina.
“On Watching the Republican Convention,” Kenneth Carroll.
“So What!,” Kenneth Carroll.

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