Critical Response To Chester Himes

Critical Response To Chester Himes

by Charles L. P. Silet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313299412

ISBN-13: 9780313299414

Pub. Date: 10/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Cameron Northouse

Introduction

The Writings of Chester Himes

Reviews

History as Nightmare by James Baldwin

No Thrills in Harlem by Kofi Akainyah

The Crazy Kill and If He Hollers Let Him Go by Sally Cragin

The Best Black American Novelist Writing Today by Shane Stevens

Rhythms of Black Experience by George E. Kent

Chester Himes-'Alien' in Exile by Loyle Hairston

A Case of Rape by Michel Fabre

The Chester Himes Mystique by Gwendoline Lewis Roget

Policier's Noirs by Fred Pfeil

Chester Himes: The Collected Stories by James Robert Payne

The Best of Himes, the Worst of Himes by Ishmael Reed

Himes and Self-hatred by James Campbell

Essays

Domestic Harlem: The Detective Fiction of Chester Himes by Raymond Nelson

Violence Real and Imagined: The Novels of Chester Himes by A. Robert Lee

Chester Himes: A Nigger by Maureen Liston

The Use of the Doppelganger or Double in Chester Himes' Lonely Crusade by Ralph Reckley

Chester Himes and the Art of Fiction by Angus Calder

Chester Himes and the Hard-Boiled Tradition by Jay R. Berry

In America's Black Heartland: The Achievement of Chester Himes by James Sallis

Postscript: A Case of Rape by Calvin Hernton

Topographies of Violence: Chester Himes' Harlem Domestic Novels by Michael Denning

Space and Civil Rights Ideology: The Example of Chester Himes's The Third Generation by Claude Julien

Toni Morrison's Variations on Chester Himes by Aribert Schroeder

The Black Man in the Literature of Labor: The Early Novels of Chester Himes by Robert Skinner

Limited Options: Strategic Maneuverings in Himes's Harlem by Wendy W. Walters

African American Anti-Semitism and Himes's Lonely Crusade by Steven J. Rosen

Slaying the Fathers: The Autobiography of Chester Himes by Gary Storhoff

An Interview

Chester Himes-The Ethics of Ambiguity: An Interview with Joseph Sandy Himes, Jr. by Gwendoline Lewis Roget

Bibliography

Index

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