Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition / Edition 1

Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition / Edition 1

by Joanne V. Gabbin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813915317

ISBN-13: 9780813915319

Pub. Date: 07/29/1994

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Sterling A. Brown's achievement and influence in the field of American literature and culture are unquestionably significant. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, German, and Russian and has been read in literary circles throughout the world. He is also one of the principal architects of black criticism. His critical essays and books are seminal

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Sterling A. Brown's achievement and influence in the field of American literature and culture are unquestionably significant. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, German, and Russian and has been read in literary circles throughout the world. He is also one of the principal architects of black criticism. His critical essays and books are seminal works that give an insider's perspective of literature by and about blacks. Leopold Sedar Senghor, who became familiar with Brown's poetry and criticism in the 1920s and 1930s, called him "an original militant of Negritude, a precursor of our movement." Yet Joanne V. Gabbin's book, originally published in 1985, remains the only study of Brown's work and influence. Gabbin sketches Brown's life, drawing on personal interviews and viewing his achievements as a poet, critic, and cultural griot. She analyzes in depth the formal and thematic qualities of his poetry, revealing his subtle adaptation of song forms, especially the blues. To articulate the aesthetic principles Brown recognized in the writings of black authors, Gabbin explores his identification of the various elements that have come together to create American culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813915319
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
07/29/1994
Series:
Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Sterling A. Brown and Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition3
2The Literary Upbringing of Sterling A. Brown13
3The Howard Years: The Intellectual Milieu and Brown's Legacy49
4Sterling A. Brown and the Federal Writers' Project67
5The Influences of the Folk Tradition87
6The Poetry of Sterling A. Brown: A Study in Form and Meaning117
7The Critical Mind of Sterling A. Brown185
Selected Bibliography213
Index233

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