New Essays on Go Tell It on the Mountain

New Essays on Go Tell It on the Mountain

by Trudier Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521498260

ISBN-13: 9780521498265

Pub. Date: 02/01/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The American Novel series provides students of American literature with introductory critical guides to great works of American literature. Each volume begins with a substantial introduction by a distinguished authority on the text, giving details of the work's composition, publication history, and contemporary reception, as well as a survey of the major critical…  See more details below

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The American Novel series provides students of American literature with introductory critical guides to great works of American literature. Each volume begins with a substantial introduction by a distinguished authority on the text, giving details of the work's composition, publication history, and contemporary reception, as well as a survey of the major critical trends and readings from first publication to the present. This overview is followed by a group of new essays, each specially commissioned from a leading scholar in the field, which together constitute a forum of interpretative methods and prominent contemporary ideas on the text. There are also helpful guides to further reading. Specifically designed for undergraduates, the series will be a powerful resource for anyone engaged in the critical analysis of major American novels and other important texts. James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, has gained a wide readership and much critical acclaim since its publication in 1953. Although most critics have seen it as focusing exclusively on the African American fundamentalist church and its effect on characters brought up within its tradition, these scholars posit that issues of homosexuality, the social construction of identity, anthropological conceptions of community, and the quest for an artistic identity provide more elucidating approaches to the novel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521498265
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Series:
American Novel Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
1Introduction1
2A Glimpse of the Hidden God: Dialectical Visions in Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain29
3The South in Go Tell It on the Mountain: Baldwin's Personal Confrontation59
4Wrestling with "The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name": John, Elisha, and the "Master"77
5Ambivalent Narratives, Fragmented Selves: Performative Identities and the Mutability of Roles in James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain97
6Baldwin, Communitas, and the Black Masculinist Tradition127
Notes on Contributors157
Selected Bibliography159

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