In The African-American Grain: Call-And-Response In Twentieth-Century Black Fiction

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"In the African-American Grain is a exploration of the impact of African-American oral storytelling techniques on modern and contemporary fiction. Reading literature in the call-and-response tradition, John F. Callahan shows how African-American writers including Charles Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Gaines, and Alice Walker have used the forms and forces of this uniquely participatory discourse to establish not only a potential relationship between storyteller and audience but also a potential for change. In a
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"In the African-American Grain is a exploration of the impact of African-American oral storytelling techniques on modern and contemporary fiction. Reading literature in the call-and-response tradition, John F. Callahan shows how African-American writers including Charles Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Gaines, and Alice Walker have used the forms and forces of this uniquely participatory discourse to establish not only a potential relationship between storyteller and audience but also a potential for change. In a new preface Callahan comments on how the tradition to call-and-response has continued to develop among African-American writers as well as writers of other backgrounds."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252014598
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Pages: 296

Table of Contents

Preface to the Illinois Paperback
Introduction to the Wesleyan Edition
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
1 Who You For?: Voice and the African-American Fiction of Democratic Identity 1
2 The Spoken in the Written Word: African-American Tales and the Middle Passage from Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings to The Conjure Woman 25
3 "By de Singin' uh de Song": The Search for Reciprocal Voice in Cane 62
4 "Mah Tongue Is in Mah Friend's Mouf": The Rhetoric of Intimacy and Immensity in Their Eyes Were Watching God 115
5 Frequencies of Eloquence: The Performance and Composition of Invisible Man 150
6 A Moveable Form: The Loose End Blues of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 189
7 The Hoop of Language: Politics and the Restoration of Voice in Meridian 217
8 Who We For?: The Extended Call of African-American Fiction 256
Index 265
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