Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers between the Nation and the World

Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers between the Nation and the World

by Eve Dunbar

Hardcover(American Literatures Initiative)

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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439909423
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2012
Edition description: American Literatures Initiative
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(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
2 Escape through Ethnography: Literary Regionalism and the Image of Nonracial Alignment in Richard Wright’s Travel Writing
3 Deconstructing the Romance of Ethnography: Queering Knowledge in James Baldwin’s Another Country
4 Ethnography of the Absurd: Chester Himes’s Detective Fiction and Counterimages of Black Life
Conclusion: Look Down! The Black Arts Affirmation of Place and the Refusal to Translate


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