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African American Writing: A Literary Approach
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Temple Univ Pr
Publication date April 29, 2016
Pages 281
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781439913376
ISBN-10 1439913374
Dimensions 1 by 4 by 6 in.
Weight 0.92 lbs.
Original list price $35.00
Other format details university press
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Werner Sollors’ African American Writing takes a fresh look at what used to be called “Negro literature.” The essays collected here, ranging in topic from Gustavus Vassa/Olaudah Equiano to LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, and in time from the Enlightenment to the Obama presidency, take a literary approach to black writing and present writers as readers and as intellectuals who were or are open to the world. 

 

From W.E.B. Du Bois commenting on Richard Wagner and Elvis Presley, to Zora Neale Hurston attacking Brown v. Board of Ed. in a segregationist newspaper, to Charles Chesnutt’s effigy darkened for the black heritage postage stamp, Sollors alternates between close readings and broader cultural contextualizations to delineate the various aesthetic modes and intellectual exchanges that shaped a series of striking literary works.

 

Readers will make often-surprising discoveries in the authors’ writing and in their encounters and dialogues with others. The essays, accompanied by Winold Reiss’s pastels, Carl Van Vechten’s photographs, and other portraits, attempt to honor this important literature’s achievement, heterogeneity, and creativity.



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9781439913369 | details & prices | 281 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $99.50
About: Werner Sollors’ African American Writing takes a fresh look at what used to be called “Negro literature.
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9781439913376 | details & prices | 281 pages | 4.00 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.92 lbs | List price $35.00
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