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The Resource Freedom time : the poetics and politics of black experimental writing, Anthony Reed

Freedom time : the poetics and politics of black experimental writing, Anthony Reed

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Freedom time : the poetics and politics of black experimental writing
Title
Freedom time
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the poetics and politics of black experimental writing
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Anthony Reed
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eng
Summary
  • "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--the second book to appear in the Callaloo African Diaspora Series--Anthony Reed offers a theoretical reading of "black experimental writing" that understands the term both as a profound literary development and as a concept with which to analyze the ways that 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, if literature fundamentally serves the human need for freedom in expression, then readers and critics must see it 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"--
  • "In Freedom Time, Anthony Reed reclaims the power of black experimental poetry and prose by arguing that if literature fundamentally serves the human need for freedom in expression, then readers and critics must see it as something other than a reflection of the politics of social protest and identity formation. Prior to the successful campaigns against Jim Crow segregation in the U.S. and colonization in the Caribbean, literary politics seemed much more obviously interventionist. As more African Americans and Afro-Caribbean writers gained access to formal political power, more writing emerged whose political concerns went beyond improving racial representation, appealing for social recognition, raising consciousness, or commenting on the political disillusion and fragmentation of the post-segregation and post-colonial moments. Through formal innovation and abstraction, writers increasingly pushed the limits of representation and expression in order to extend the limits of thought and literary possibility. Reed offers a theoretical account of this new "black experimental writing," which is at once a literary historical development, and a concept with which to analyze the ways writing engages race and the possibilities of expression. One of his key interventions is arguing that form drives the politics literature, not vice-versa. Through extended analyses of works by N. H. Pritchard, NourbeSe Philip, Kamau Brathwaite, Claudia Rankine, Douglas Kearney, Harryette Mullen, Suzan-Lori Parks and Nathaniel Mackey, Freedom Time draws out the political implication of their innovative approaches to literary aesthetics"--
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1978-
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Reed, Anthony
Dewey number
810.9/896073
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5
LC item number
R45 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Callaloo African diaspora series
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  • American literature
  • Literature, Experimental
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • POETRY
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American literature
  • Literature, Experimental
  • United States
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Freedom time : the poetics and politics of black experimental writing, Anthony Reed
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
879584172
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 262 pages
Isbn
9781421415208
Lccn
2014011204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)879584172
Label
Freedom time : the poetics and politics of black experimental writing, Anthony Reed
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
879584172
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 262 pages
Isbn
9781421415208
Lccn
2014011204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)879584172

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