Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s

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Houston A. Baker, Jr., Patricia Redmond
University of Chicago Press, Oct 30, 1989 - Drama - 246 pages
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Featuring the work of the most distinguished scholars in the field, this volume assesses the state of Afro-American literary study and projects a vision of that study for the 1990s. "A rich and rewarding collection."—Choice.

"This diverse and inspired collection . . . testifies to the Afro-Am academy's extraordinary vitality."—Voice Literary Supplement
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CanonFormation Literary History and the AfroAmerican Tradition From the Seen to the Told
14
Barbara E Johnson
39
Donald B Gibson
44
Boundaries Or Distant Relations and Close Kin
51
Hortense J Spillers
71
Michael Awkward
73
Toward a Poetics of AfroAmerican Autobiography
78
There Is No More Beautiful Way Theory and the Poetics of AfroAmerican Womens Writing
135
Mae G Henderson
155
Performing Blackness RePlacing AfroAmerican Poetry
164
Cheryl A Wall
185
Stephen E Henderson
190
Biography and AfroAmerican Culture
194
Michel Fabre
208
Nellie T McKay
214

Sandra Pouchet Paquet
91
Genevieve Fabre
97
The FirstPerson in AfroAmerican Fiction
105
Robert B Stepto
121
Eleanor W Tmylor
128
Robert G OMeally
219
Afterword
225
List of Contributors
231
Index
235
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About the author (1989)

Houston A. Baker, Jr., is professor of English and the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture. Patricia Redmond is a Community Programs worker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a writer for women's and social service publications.

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