The African American Male, Writing, and Difference: A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History

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SUNY Press, Jan 30, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
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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.
 

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INTRODUCTION APPROACHING AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE HISTORY LITERATURE AND CRITICISM POLYCENTRICALLY
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HISTORY THE WHITEBLACK BINARY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN AS OTHER
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THE WHITEBLACK BINARY AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIOPOLITICAL MISSION OF RACIAL UPLIFT
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FINDING FREEDOM IN SAMENESS lAMES WELDON lOHNSONS THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXCOLOURED MAN
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DISRUPTING THE WHITEBLACK BINARY WILLIAM MELVIN KELLEYS A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
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EXPOSING LIMITING RACIALIZED HETEROLOGICAL CRITICAL SITES AN EXISTENTIAL READING OF CHARLES WRIGHTS THE MES...
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THE BLUES IDIOM LIFESTYLE COUNTERHEGEMONY AND CLARENCE MAlORS DIRTY BIRD BLUES
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NAMING THE SUBALTERN THE SWINGING LIFE AND NATHAN HEARDS HOWARD STREET
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IDENTITY POLITICS SEXUAL FLUIDITY AND lAMES EARL HARDYS BBOY BLUES
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VOODOO A DIFFERENT AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND DON BELTONS ALMOST MIDNIGHT
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CONCLUSION
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NOTES
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WORKS CITED
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INDEX
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W. Lawrence Hogue is Professor of English at the University of Houston. He is the author of Race, Modernity, Postmodernity: A Look at the History and the Literatures of People of Color Since the 1960s, also published by SUNY Press, and Discourse and the Other: The Production of the Afro-American Text.

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