The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition (Google eBook)

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 421 pages
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Civil rights advances in the last 25 years have included an awareness that the traditional canon of American literature excluded important minority authors. This study is a strong addition to the ... Read full review


The Roots of the Early AfroAmerican Novel
The Early AfroAmerican Novel Historical Romance Social Realism and Beyond
The PreWorld War I Novels of the Old Guard Romance Realism and Naturalism
The Harlem Renaissance and the Search for New Modes of Narrative
Richard Wright and the Triumph of Naturalism
Myth Legend and Ritual in the Novel of the Fifties
The Contemporary AfroAmerican Novel 1 Neorealism
I The Contemporary AfroAmerican Novel 2 Modernism and Postmodernism
Selected Bibliography

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Page 7 - By 1638 slaves were introduced into Massachusetts, and in 1641 slavery was given legal sanction in that colony by the “Body of Liberties,” statutes prohibiting human bondage “unless it be lawfull Captives taken in just warres, and such strangers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us.
Page 26 - an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one's aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by consolation of philosophy, but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-comic lyricism.”
Page 3 - this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He would not bleach his Negro soul
Page 12 - to be a co-worker in the kingdom of culture, to escape both death and isolation, to husband and use his best powers and his latent genius.” The historical quest of black Americans, their principal canonical story, in short, is for life, liberty, and wholenessthe full development and unity of self and
Page 12 - to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity dosed

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Bernard W. Bell is professor of American and African American literatures in the Department of English at Pennsylvania State University. He is author, editor, or coeditor of seven previous books, including "The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition" and "Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of African American Literary Tradition".

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