Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s

Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s


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Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s by Houston A. Baker, Jr.

Featuring the work of the most distinguished scholars in the field, this volume assesses the state of Afro-American literary study and projects a vision of that study for the 1990s. "A rich and rewarding collection."—Choice.

"This diverse and inspired collection . . . testifies to the Afro-Am academy's extraordinary vitality."—Voice Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226035437
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Series: Black Literature and Culture Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Houston A. Baker, Jr., is professor of English and the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture. Patricia Redmond is a Community Programs worker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a writer for women's and social service publications.

Table of Contents

Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Patricia Redmond
1. Canon-Formation, Literary History, and the Afro-American Tradition: From the Seen to the Told
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Response: Barbara E. Johnson
Response: Donald B. Gibson
2. Boundaries: Or Distant Relations and Close Kin
Deborah E. McDowell
Response: Hortense J. Spillers
Response: Michael Awkward
3. Toward a Poetics of Afro-American Autobiography
William L. Andrews
Response: Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Response: Geneviève Fabre
4. The First-Person in Afro-American Fiction
Richard Yarborough
Response: Robert B. Stepto
Response: Eleanor W. Traylor
5. There Is No More Beautiful Way: Theory and the Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writing
Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Response: Mae G. Henderson
6. Performing Blackness: Re/Placing Afro-American Poetry
Kimberly W. Benston
Response: Cheryl A. Wall
Response: Stephen E. Henderson
7. Biography and Afro-American Culture
Arnold Rampersad
Response: Michel Fabre
Response: Nellie Y. McKay
Response: Robert G. O'Meally
Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Patricia Redmond
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