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

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Overview

"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195157727
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Douglas Taylor is Assistant Professor of English and African American studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
This, Too, Is America 25
Richard Wright Looks Back: Harsh, Forbidding Memories of Negro Childhood and Youth 33
A Tragic Situation 37
Portrait of a Typical Negro? 41
Richard Wright's Blues 45
The Metamorphosis of Richard Wright's Black Boy 63
From Experience to Eloquence: Richard Wright's Black Boy as Art 81
Literacy and Ascent: Richard Wright's Black Boy 101
An Apprenticeship to Life and Art: Narrative Design in Wright's Black Boy 113
Creation of the Self in Richard Wright's Black Boy 131
"Shouting Curses": The Politics of "Bad" Language in Richard Wright's Black Boy 149
Richard Wright: "Wearing the Mask" 171
The Horror and the Glory? Richard Wright's Portrait of the Artist in Black Boy and American Hunger 191
Suggested Reading 209
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