Confluences: Postcolonialism, African American Literary Studies, and the Black Atlantic

Confluences: Postcolonialism, African American Literary Studies, and the Black Atlantic

by John Cullen Gruesser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820330264

ISBN-13: 9780820330266

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

"Confluences looks at the prospects for and the potential rewards of breaking down theoretical and disciplinary barriers that have tended to separate African American and postcolonial studies. John Cullen Gruesser's study emphasizes the confluences among three major theories that have emerged in literary and cultural studies since the late 1970s: postcolonialism,…  See more details below

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"Confluences looks at the prospects for and the potential rewards of breaking down theoretical and disciplinary barriers that have tended to separate African American and postcolonial studies. John Cullen Gruesser's study emphasizes the confluences among three major theories that have emerged in literary and cultural studies since the late 1970s: postcolonialism, Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s Signifyin(g), and Paul Gilroy's black Atlantic." For readers who may not be well acquainted with one or more of the three theories, Gruesser provides concise introductions in the opening chapter. In addition, he urges those people working in post-colonial or African American literary studies to attempt to break down the boundaries that in recent years have come to isolate the two fields. Gruesser then devotes a chapter to each theory, examining one literary text that illustrates the value of the theoretical model, a second text that extends the model in a significant way, and a third text that raises one or more questions about the theory. His examples are drawn from the writings of Salman Rushdie, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, Walter Mosley, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Harry Dean, Harriet Jacobs, and Alice Walker.

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ISBN-13:
9780820330266
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1An overview : the black Atlantic as a bridge between postcolonial and African American literary studies1
Ch. 2Postcolonial counter-discourse : Salman Rushdie, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul23
Ch. 3Signifyin(g) : Walter Mosley, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison54
Ch. 4The black Atlantic : Harry Dean, Harriet Jacobs, Alice Walker96

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