Critical Response To Chester Himes

Critical Response To Chester Himes

by Charles L. P. Silet
     
 

The work of Chester Himes is now undergoing a critical and popular reevaluation as it gradually comes back into print after years of neglect. His protest novels from the 1940s and early 1950s, his Harlem Domestic crime books, first published in France and later released in English in the United States, and his remarkable two-volume autobiography are now gaining a

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The work of Chester Himes is now undergoing a critical and popular reevaluation as it gradually comes back into print after years of neglect. His protest novels from the 1940s and early 1950s, his Harlem Domestic crime books, first published in France and later released in English in the United States, and his remarkable two-volume autobiography are now gaining a wider readership through their republication. Nonetheless, the critical writings on his work remain scattered and are often difficult to obtain. This collection of reviews and essays from both popular and academic sources traces the critical response to his work from 1946 to 1996 and thus sheds light on the critical reputation of one of the most distinguished but underrated African American authors.

Himes has a wide international reputation, but this reference book focuses on those essays and reviews in the English language which provide a clearer assessment of his controversial literary standing in his native country, where his reputation has been most under debate. The book includes a balanced assessment of all his work, along with an interview with Himes's brother that offers some corrective commentary on his autobiography. The volume also provides a chronology, a checklist of his writings, and a bibliography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313299414
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1999
Series:
Critical Responses in Arts and Letters Series
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
The Writings of Chester Himes
Reviews
History as Nightmare3
No Thrills in Harlem7
The Crazy Kill and If He Hollers Let Him Go11
The Best Black American Novelist Writing Today13
Rhythms of Black Experience17
Chester Himes - "Alien" in Exile21
A Case of Rape25
The Chester Himes Mystique33
Policiers Noirs37
Chester Himes: The Collected Stories41
The Best of Himes, the Worst of Himes43
Himes and Self-hatred47
Essays
Domestic Harlem: The Detective Fiction of Chester Himes53
Violence Real and Imagined: The Novels of Chester Himes65
Chester Himes: "A Nigger"83
The Use of the Doppelganger or Double in Chester Himes' Lonely Crusade93
Chester Himes and the Art of Fiction101
Chester Himes and the Hard-Boiled Tradition117
In America's Black Heartland: The Achievement of Chester Himes127
Postscript: A Case of Rape139
Topographies of Violence: Chester Himes' Harlem Domestic Novels155
Space and Civil Rights Ideology: The Example of Chester Himes's The Third Generation169
Toni Morrison's Variations on Chester Himes181
The Black Man in the Literature of Labor: The Early Novels of Chester Himes187
Limited Options: Strategic Maneuverings in Himes's Harlem201
African American Anti-Semitism and Himes's Lonely Crusade221
Slaying the Fathers: The Autobiography of Chester Himes241
An Interview
Chester Himes - The Ethics of Ambiguity: An Interview with Joseph Sandy Himes, Jr.259
Bibliography273
Index281

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