The Journey Back: Issues in Black Literature and Criticism

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"Professor Baker offers the richest analysis we have of black literature in its full cultural context. A superb literary critic, a sophisticated student of culture and society, Baker is himself a very talented writer, deeply engaged in the literary-cultural 'journey' he describes. The result is a major work of interdisciplinary scholarship and humanistic criticism which will remain for years to come an authoritative treatment of the subject. The Journey Back is a landmark not only in the study of black literature but in American studies in general. No one interested in our culture can afford to ignore it."—Sacvan Bercovitch, Columbia University
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226035345
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1984
  • Pages: 198

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Terms for Order: Acculturation, Meaning, and the Early Record of the Journey
2. Autobiographical Acts and the Voice of the Southern Slave
3. Sightings: Black Historical Consciousness and the New Harbors of the Fifties
4. In Our Own Time: The Florescence of Nationalism in the Sixties and Seventies
5. The Black Spokesman as Critic: Reflections on the Black Aesthetic
6. Black Creativity and American Attitudes
7. Toward a Critical Prospect for the Future
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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