Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s

Overview

Featuring the work of the most distinguished scholars in the field, this volume assesses the state of Afro-American literary study and projects a vision of that study for the 1990s. "A rich and rewarding collection."--Choice.

"This diverse and inspired collection . . . testifies to the Afro-Am academy's extraordinary vitality."--Voice Literary Supplement

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Overview

Featuring the work of the most distinguished scholars in the field, this volume assesses the state of Afro-American literary study and projects a vision of that study for the 1990s. "A rich and rewarding collection."--Choice.

"This diverse and inspired collection . . . testifies to the Afro-Am academy's extraordinary vitality."--Voice Literary Supplement

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Editorial Reviews

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This is the first volume in a new series which will publish scholarly works devoted to the literatures and cultures of the African diaspora. Seven contributions from a conference entitled "The Study of Afro- American literature; an agenda for the 1990s," held at the U. of Pennsylvania in April 1987, are presented with discussions. They address theory and criticism relevant to the major genres. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226035437
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Series: Black Literature and Culture Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Houston A. Baker, Jr., is professor of English and the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture. Patricia Redmond is a Community Programs worker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a writer for women's and social service publications.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Patricia Redmond
1. Canon-Formation, Literary History, and the Afro-American Tradition: From the Seen to the Told
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Response: Barbara E. Johnson
Response: Donald B. Gibson
2. Boundaries: Or Distant Relations and Close Kin
Deborah E. McDowell
Response: Hortense J. Spillers
Response: Michael Awkward
3. Toward a Poetics of Afro-American Autobiography
William L. Andrews
Response: Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Response: Geneviève Fabre
4. The First-Person in Afro-American Fiction
Richard Yarborough
Response: Robert B. Stepto
Response: Eleanor W. Traylor
5. There Is No More Beautiful Way: Theory and the Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writing
Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Response: Mae G. Henderson
6. Performing Blackness: Re/Placing Afro-American Poetry
Kimberly W. Benston
Response: Cheryl A. Wall
Response: Stephen E. Henderson
7. Biography and Afro-American Culture
Arnold Rampersad
Response: Michel Fabre
Response: Nellie Y. McKay
Response: Robert G. O'Meally
Afterword
Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Patricia Redmond
List of Contributors
Index

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