Race and Gender in the Making of an African American Literary Tradition

Race and Gender in the Making of an African American Literary Tradition

by Aimable Twagilimana
     
 

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This book examines the ways in which race and gender have shaped and continue to inform African American literature. African American texts create a black literary and cultural identity interpreting and recording the survival of their cultures shattered by years of slavery. Black women writers, who have to deal with both racism and sexism, use additional strategies to… See more details below

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This book examines the ways in which race and gender have shaped and continue to inform African American literature. African American texts create a black literary and cultural identity interpreting and recording the survival of their cultures shattered by years of slavery. Black women writers, who have to deal with both racism and sexism, use additional strategies to undo this double reduction. They strive to invent a new language to talk about their experience and their lives as black and as women. After a typology of the African American text, the book proposes a reading of major African American writers including Phyllis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Wilson, Charles Chesnutt, Booker T. Washington, James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison.

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The acts of violence perpetrated on African slaves brought to America resulted in an erasure of their identity, history, and memory. Early African American writers created a black literary and cultural identity by retrieving, recording, and interpreting fragments of the African culture that survived the years of slavery. In his readings of early slave narratives and novels, Twagilimana investigates the writers' use of such literary strategies as humility, intertextuality, mimicry, reversal, abrogation, and appropriation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781317732310
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Series:
Studies in African American History and Culture
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
206
File size:
0 MB

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