Richard Wright's Black Boy (American Hunger) (Casebooks in Criticism Series)

Richard Wright's Black Boy (American Hunger) (Casebooks in Criticism Series)

by William L. Andrews
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195157729

ISBN-13: 9780195157727

Pub. Date: 06/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This casebook gathers together the most important critical responses to Richard Wright's autobiography. It includes a 1945 interview with Richard Wright, contemporary reviews of Black Boy written by W.E.B. Du Bois, Lionel Trilling, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison, and eight critical essays. These essays address a range of topics including the circumstances of the

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This casebook gathers together the most important critical responses to Richard Wright's autobiography. It includes a 1945 interview with Richard Wright, contemporary reviews of Black Boy written by W.E.B. Du Bois, Lionel Trilling, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison, and eight critical essays. These essays address a range of topics including the circumstances of the book's original publication in 1945; the relationship between the novel and Wright's actual biography; the African-American autobiographical tradition; the influences of various writers and literary movements on Black Boy; and the impact of African-American vernacular and oral performance on Wright's autobiography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195157727
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Casebooks in Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Interview
1. This, Too, Is America, Charles J. Rolo
Contemporary Critical Responses
2. Richard Wright Looks Back: Harsh, Forbidding Memories of Negro Childhood and Youth, W.E.B. Du Bois
3. A Tragic Situation, Lionel Trilling
4. Portrait of a Typical Negro?, Mary McCarthy
5. Richard Wright's Blues, Ralph Ellison
Scholarly and Critical Assessments
6. The Metamorphosis of Richard Wright's Black Boy, Janice Thaddeus
7. From Experience to Eloquence: Richard Wright's Black Boy as Art, Charles T. Davis
8. Literacy and Assent: Richard Wright's Black Boy, Robert B. Stepto
9. An Apprenticeship to Life and Art: Narrative Design in Wright's Black Boy, John O. Hodges
10. Creation of the Self in Richard Wright's Black Boy, Yoshinobu Hakutani
11. "Shouting Curses": The Politics of "Bad" Language in Richard Wright's Black Boy, Jennifer H. Poulos
12. Richard Wright: "Wearing the Mask", Timothy Adams
13. The Horror and the Glory: Richard Wright's Portrait of the Artist in Black Boy and American Hunger, Horace A. Porter
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