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The Resource What was African American literature?, Kenneth W. Warren

What was African American literature?, Kenneth W. Warren

Label
What was African American literature?
Title
What was African American literature?
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth W. Warren
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"African American literature is over. With this provocative claim Kenneth Warren sets out to identify a distinctly African American literature - and to change the terms with which we discuss it. Rather than contest other definitions, Warren makes a clear and compelling case for understanding African American literature as creative and critical work written by black Americans within and against the strictures of Jim Crow America. Within these parameters, his book outlines protocols of reading that best make sense of the literary works produced by African American writers and critics over the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. In Warren's view, African American literature begged the question: what would happen to this literature if and when Jim Crow was finally overthrown? Thus, imagining a world without African American literature was essential to that literature. In support of this point, Warren focuses on three moments in the history of Phylon, an important journal of African American culture. In the dialogues Phylon documents, the question of whether race would disappear as an organizing literary category emerges as shared ground for critical and literary practice. Warren also points out that while scholarship by black Americans has always been the province of a petit bourgeois elite, the strictures of Jim Crow enlisted these writers in a politics that served the race as a whole. Finally, Warren's work sheds light on the current moment in which advocates of African American solidarity insist on a past that is more productively put behind us."--Pub. desc
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Warren, Kenneth W.
Dewey number
810.9/896073
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5
LC item number
W348 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
W.E.B. Du Bois lectures
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Littérature américaine
  • Noirs américains
Label
What was African American literature?, Kenneth W. Warren
Instantiates
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
Contents
Historicizing African American literature -- Particularity and the problem of interpretation -- The future of the past -- Conclusion: the past in the present
Control code
555660639
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
180 pages
Isbn
9780674049222
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010015714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)555660639
Label
What was African American literature?, Kenneth W. Warren
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
Contents
Historicizing African American literature -- Particularity and the problem of interpretation -- The future of the past -- Conclusion: the past in the present
Control code
555660639
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
180 pages
Isbn
9780674049222
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010015714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)555660639

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