Black Regions of the Imagination focuses on the fiction and non-fiction that Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes produced between the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement. Eve Dunbar examines how these African American writers-who lived and traveled outside the United States-helped develop the concept of a "region" of blackness that resists boundaries of genre and geography. Each writer represents-and signifies- blackness in new ways and within the larger context of the world. As they negotiated issues of "belonging," these writers were more critical of social segregation in America as well as increasingly resistant to their expected roles as cultural "translators."
|Publisher:||Temple University Press|
|Edition description:||American Literatures Initiative|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Eve Dunbar is Associate Professor of English at Vassar College.
Table of Contents
1 Becoming American through Ethnographic Writing: Zora Neale Hurston and the Performance of Ethnography 16
2 Escape through Ethnography: Literary Regionalism and the Image of Nonracial Alignment in Richard Wright's Travel Writing 58
3 Deconstructing the Romance of Ethnography: Queering Knowledge in James Baldwin's Another Country 91
4 Ethnography of the Absurd: Chester Himes's Detective Fiction and Counterimages of Black Life 126
Conclusion: Look Down! The Black Arts Affirmation of Place and the Refusal to Translate 153