The African American Male, Writing, and Difference: A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History
In this wide-ranging analysis, W. Lawrence Hogue argues that African American life and history is more diverse than even African American critics generally acknowledge. Focusing on literary representations of African American males in particular, Hogue examines works by James Weldon Johnson, William Melvin Kelley, Charles Wright, Nathan Heard, Clarence Major, James Earl Hardy, and Don Belton to see how they portray middle-class, Christian, subaltern, voodoo, urban, jazz/blues, postmodern, and gay African American cultures. Hogue shows that this polycentric perspective can move beyond a “racial uplift” approach to African American literature and history and help paint a clearer picture of the rich diversity of African American life and culture.
INTRODUCTION APPROACHING AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE HISTORY LITERATURE AND CRITICISM POLYCENTRICALLY
HISTORY THE WHITEBLACK BINARY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN AS OTHER
THE WHITEBLACK BINARY AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIOPOLITICAL MISSION OF RACIAL UPLIFT
FINDING FREEDOM IN SAMENESS lAMES WELDON lOHNSONS THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXCOLOURED MAN
DISRUPTING THE WHITEBLACK BINARY WILLIAM MELVIN KELLEYS A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
EXPOSING LIMITING RACIALIZED HETEROLOGICAL CRITICAL SITES AN EXISTENTIAL READING OF CHARLES WRIGHTS THE MES...
THE BLUES IDIOM LIFESTYLE COUNTERHEGEMONY AND CLARENCE MAlORS DIRTY BIRD BLUES
NAMING THE SUBALTERN THE SWINGING LIFE AND NATHAN HEARDS HOWARD STREET
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