The Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel / Edition 1

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Combining scholarship covering one hundred fifty years of novel writing in the U.S., newly commissioned essays examine eighty African American novels. They include well-known works as well as writings recently recovered or acknowledged. The collection features essays on the slave narrative, coming of age, vernacular modernism, and the post-colonial novel to help readers gain a better appreciation of the African American novel's diversity and complexity.
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"Considered separately, the essays in this book are significant works of criticism examining a broad range of the issues implicated in African American literary history. Viewed as a whole, they engage in the kind of open reading 'companion' editor Maryemma Graham cautions is our best approach to the African American novel--one that does not flinch at the vastness of the project." North Dakota Quarterly, Lisa Trochmann, University of Minnesota
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016377
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Chronology of major works and events, 1645-2000
Introduction 1
Pt. I The long journey : the African American novel and history
1 Freeing the voice, creating the self : the novel and slavery 17
2 Reconstructing the race : the novel and slavery 34
3 The novel of the Negro Renaissance 50
4 Caribbean migration, ex-isles, and the New World novel 70
Pt. II Search for a form : the new American novel
5 The neo-slave narrative 87
6 Coming of age in the African American novel 106
7 The blues novel 122
8 From modernism to postmodernism : black literature at the crossroads 139
9 The African American novel and popular culture 156
Pt. III African American voices : from margin to center
10 Everybody's protest novel : the era of 173
11 Finding common ground : Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin 189
12 American neo-HooDooism : the novels of Ishmael Reed 203
13 Spaces for readers : the novels of Toni Morrison 221
14 African American womanism : from Zora Neale Hurston to Alice Walker 233
15 Vernacular modernism in the novels of John Edgar Wideman and Leon Forrest 253
Bibliography 268
Index 296
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