A Companion to African American Literature

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Gene Andrew Jarrett
Wiley, Feb 12, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 488 pages
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Through a series of essays that explore the forms, themes, genres, historical contexts, major authors, and latest critical approaches, A Companion to African American Literature presents a comprehensive chronological overview of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the modern day
  • Examines African American literature from its earliest origins, through the rise of antislavery literature in the decades leading into the Civil War, to the modern development of contemporary African American cultural media, literary aesthetics, and political ideologies
  • Addresses the latest critical and scholarly approaches to African American literature
  • Features essays by leading established literary scholars as well as newer voices

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About the author (2010)

Gene Andrew Jarrett is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Boston University.  He is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature (2011) and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature (2007), and the editor or co-editor of several volumes and collections of African American literature and literary criticism. 

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