Who Set You Flowin'?: The African-American Migration Narrative / Edition 1

Who Set You Flowin'?: The African-American Migration Narrative / Edition 1

by Farah Jasmine Griffin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195088964

ISBN-13: 9780195088960

Pub. Date: 05/25/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Twentieth-century America has witnessed the most widespread and sustained movement of African-Americans from the South to urban centers in the North. Who Set You Flowin'? examines the impact of this dislocation and urbanization, identifying the resulting Migration Narratives as a major genre in African-American cultural production. Griffin takes an

Overview

Twentieth-century America has witnessed the most widespread and sustained movement of African-Americans from the South to urban centers in the North. Who Set You Flowin'? examines the impact of this dislocation and urbanization, identifying the resulting Migration Narratives as a major genre in African-American cultural production. Griffin takes an interdisciplinary approach with readings of several literary texts, migrant correspondence, painting, photography, rap music, blues, and rhythm and blues. From these various sources Griffin isolates the tropes of Ancestor, Stranger, and Safe Space, which, though common to all Migration Narratives, vary in their portrayal. She argues that the emergence of a dominant portrayal of these tropes is the product of the historical and political moment, often challenged by alternative portrayals in other texts or artistic forms, as well as intra-textually. Richard Wright's bleak, yet cosmopolitan portraits were countered by Dorothy West's longing for Black Southern communities. Ralph Ellison, while continuing Wright's vision, reexamined the significance of Black Southern culture. Griffin concludes with Toni Morrison embracing the South "as a site of African-American history and culture," "a place to be redeemed."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195088960
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/25/1995
Series:
Race and American Culture Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
1270L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1."Boll Weevil in the Cotton/Devil in the White Man": Reasons for Leaving the South13
2.The South in the City: The Initial Confrontation with the Urban Landscape48
3.Safe Spaces and Other Places: Navigating the Urban Landscape100
4.To Where from Here? The Final Vision of the Migration Narrative142
5.New Directions for the Migration Narrative: Thoughts on Jazz184
Notes199
Bibliography219
Index227

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