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Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Publication date October 30, 2014
Pages 262
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781421415208
ISBN-10 1421415208
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $44.95
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Winner, 2016 William Sanders Scarborough Prize, Modern Language Association

Standard literary criticism tends to either ignore or downplay the unorthodox tradition of black experimental writing that emerged in the wake of protests against colonization and Jim Crow–era segregation. Histories of African American literature likewise have a hard time accounting for the distinctiveness of experimental writing, which is part of a general shift in emphasis among black writers away from appeals for social recognition or raising consciousness. In Freedom Time, Anthony Reed offers a theoretical reading of "black experimental writing" that presents the term both as a profound literary development and as a concept for analyzing how writing challenges us to rethink the relationships between race and literary techniques.

Through extended analyses of works by African American and Afro-Caribbean writers―including N. H. Pritchard, Suzan-Lori Parks, NourbeSe Philip, Kamau Brathwaite, Claudia Rankine, Douglas Kearney, Harryette Mullen, and Nathaniel Mackey―Reed develops a new sense of the literary politics of formally innovative writing and the connections between literature and politics since the 1960s.

Freedom Time reclaims the power of experimental black voices by arguing that readers and critics must see them as more than a mere reflection of the politics of social protest and identity formation. With an approach informed by literary, cultural, African American, and feminist studies, Reed shows how reworking literary materials and conventions liberates writers to push the limits of representation and expression.



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from Johns Hopkins Univ Pr (October 30, 2014)
9781421415208 | details & prices | 262 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $44.95
About: Winner, 2016 William Sanders Scarborough Prize, Modern Language AssociationStandard literary criticism tends to either ignore or downplay the unorthodox tradition of black experimental writing that emerged in the wake of protests against colonization and Jim Crow–era segregation.
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Reprint edition from Johns Hopkins Univ Pr (November 1, 2016)
9781421421209 | details & prices | 280 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.68 in. | List price $24.95
About: Standard literary criticism tends to either ignore or downplay the unorthodox tradition of black experimental writing that emerged in the wake of protests against colonization and Jim Crow-era segregation.

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