A Companion to African American Literature, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118651197
  • ISBN-13: 9781118651193
  • DDC: 810.9
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 488 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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A Companion to African American Literature presents a comprehensive overview of the field from the eighteenth century to the present day. Embracing the full range of African American literature, essays explore forms, themes, genres, historical contexts, and major authors, and present the latest critical approaches. Featuring contributions from both established and rising  scholars, whose in-depth essays cover the Black Atlantic and the New World literatures of the African Diaspora in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; the rise of antislavery literature and the African American novel in the decades leading into the Civil War; the evolution of African American literary genres and political thought between the Civil War and World War One; the modern development of African American cultural media, literary aesthetics, and political ideologies between the World Wars; and the literary and methodological complexities of contemporary African American literature, A Companion to African American Literature offers invaluable insights for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of one of America's richest and most complex literary traditions.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
1: The Literatures of Africa, Middle Passage, Slavery, and Freedom: The Early and Antebellum Periods, c.1750–1865.
2: Back to the Future: Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Black Authors.
3: Africa in Early African American Literature.
4: Ports of Call, Pulpits of Consultation: Rethinking the Origins of African American Literature.
5: The Constitution of Toussaint: Another Origin of African American Literature.
6: Religion in Early African American Literature.
7: The Economies of the Slave Narrative.
8: The 1850s: The First Renaissance of Black Letters.
9: African American Literary Nationalism.
10: Periodicals, Print Culture, and African American Poetry.
11: New Negro Aesthetics, Culture, and Politics: The Modern Period, 1865–c.1940.
12: Racial Uplift and the Literature of the New Negro.
13: The Dialect of New Negro Literature.
14: African American Literary Realism, 1865–1914.
15: Folklore and African American Literature in the Post-Reconstruction Era.
16: The Harlem Renaissance: The New Negro at Home and Abroad.
17: Transatlantic Collaborations: Visual Culture in African American Literature.
18: Aesthetic Hygiene: Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Work of Art.
19: African American Modernism and State Surveillance.
20: Reforming the Canon, Tradition, and Criticism of African American Literature: The Contemporary Period, c.1940–Present.
21: The Chicago Renaissance.
22: Jazz and African American Literature.
23: The Black Arts Movement.
24: Humor in African American Literature.
25: Neo-Slave Narratives.
26: Popular Black Women's Fiction and the Novels of Terry McMillan.
27: African American Science Fiction.
28: Latino/a Literature and the African Diaspora.
29: African American Literature and Queer Studies: The Conundrum of James Baldwin.
30: African American Literature and Psychoanalysis.
Name Index.
Subject Index.