Black Literature Criticism Ellison to Lorde

Focuses on writers and works published since 1950. The majority of the authors surveyed are African American, but representative African and Caribbean authors are also included.

Author: Jelena O. Krstovic

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: PSU:000064832555

Category: African Americans

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Focuses on writers and works published since 1950. The majority of the authors surveyed are African American, but representative African and Caribbean authors are also included.
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Dudley Randall Broadside Press and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit 1960 1995

For a contemporary interpretation on black literature and Gayle and Lorde see Joyce Ann Joyce , Warriors , Conjurers and Priests : Defining African - Centered Literary Criticism ( Chicago : Third World Press , 1994 ) , 26–27 , 29 , 111 ...

Author: Julius E. Thompson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786422645

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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In 1965 Dudley F. Randall founded the Broadside Press, a company devoted to publishing, distributing and promoting the works of black poets and writers. In so doing, he became a major player in the civil rights movement. Hundreds of black writers were given an outlet for their work and for their calls for equality and black identity. Though Broadside was established on a minimal budget, Randall's unique skills made the press successful. He was trained as a librarian and had spent decades studying and writing poetry; most importantly, Randall was totally committed to the advancement of black literature. The famous and relatively unknown sought out Broadside, including such writers as Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Mae Jackson, Lance Jeffers, Etheridge Knight, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde and Sterling D. Plumpp. His story is one of battling to promote black identity and equality through literature, and thus lifting the cultural lives of all Americans.
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African American Political Thought

Ellison biographer Arnold Rampersad maintains that Ellison was “indifferent” toward black women writers. It therefore seems odd that I use Ellison's words to describe Lorde's interpretive sophistication. I stand by this choice, however, ...

Author: Melvin L. Rogers

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226726076

Category: Political Science

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African American Political Thought offers an unprecedented philosophical history of thinkers from the African American community and African diaspora who have addressed the central issues of political life: democracy, race, violence, liberation, solidarity, and mass political action. Melvin L. Rogers and Jack Turner have brought together leading scholars to reflect on individual intellectuals from the past four centuries, developing their list with an expansive approach to political expression. The collected essays consider such figures as Martin Delany, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Audre Lorde, whose works are addressed by scholars such as Farah Jasmin Griffin, Robert Gooding-Williams, Michael Dawson, Nick Bromell, Neil Roberts, and Lawrie Balfour. While African American political thought is inextricable from the historical movement of American political thought, this volume stresses the individuality of Black thinkers, the transnational and diasporic consciousness, and how individual speakers and writers draw on various traditions simultaneously to broaden our conception of African American political ideas. This landmark volume gives us the opportunity to tap into the myriad and nuanced political theories central to Black life. In doing so, African American Political Thought: A Collected History transforms how we understand the past and future of political thinking in the West.
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The Rites of Identity

Gates defends an antiessentialist reading of Ellison, similar to the one I put forward, against other more ideologically pure literary critics who would criticize Ellison for attempting to disavow his connections to black culture in ...

Author: Beth Eddy

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400825769

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Rites of Identity argues that Kenneth Burke was the most deciding influence on Ralph Ellison's writings, that Burke and Ellison are firmly situated within the American tradition of religious naturalism, and that this tradition--properly understood as religious--offers a highly useful means for considering contemporary identity and mitigating religious conflict. Beth Eddy adds Burke and Ellison to a tradition of religious naturalism that traces back to Ralph Waldo Emerson but received its most nuanced expression in the work of George Santayana. Through close readings of the essays and fiction of Burke and Ellison, Eddy shows the extent to which their cultural criticisms are intertwined. Both offer a naturalized understanding of piety, explore the psychological and social dynamics of scapegoating, and propose comic religious resources. And both explicitly connect these religious categories to identity, be it religious, racial, national, ethnic, or gendered. Eddy--arguing that the most socially damaging uses of religious language and ritual are connected to the best uses that such language has to offer--finds in Burke and Ellison ways to manage this precarious situation and to mitigate religious violence through wise use of performative symbolic action. By placing Burke and Ellison in a tradition of pragmatic thought, The Rites of Identity uncovers an antiessentialist approach to identity that serves the moral needs of a world that is constantly negotiating, performing, and ritualizing changes of identity.
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Roots of Afrocentric Thought

Explores why Black critics of African-American literature are not well known, surveys Black scholars who contribute to literary criticism, ... Walcott, Ronald, "Ellison, Gordone and Tolson: Some Notes on the Blues, Style and Space.

Author: Clovis E. Semmes

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313299926

Category: Reference

Page: 322

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Provides easy access to the most complete voice of the Black Arts and Black Consciousness movement.
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Black Literature Criticism Achebe Ellison

In order to preserve his image as the Lord's anointed , he has sacrificed the lives of those around him . ... As John Grimes lies before the altar , a series of visionary states passes 80 BALDWIN BLACK LITERATURE CRITICISM.



ISBN: UOM:49015003021798

Category: African Americans


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"A collection of excerpted criticism on major works by 125 prominent black writers includes detailed profiles of each author and a history of critical response to his or her works."--Google Books viewed Jan. 6, 2022
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Literary Theory The Basics

Christian's Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers (1985), Hazel Carby's Reconstructing Womanhood: ... Black Women and Feminism (1982), Black Looks: Race and Representation (1992) – Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider: ...

Author: Hans Bertens

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135052980

Category: Literary Criticism

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This third edition of Hans Bertens’ bestselling book is an essential guide to the often confusing and complicated world of literary theory. Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to postmodernism and new historicism Literary Theory: The Basics covers contemporary topics including: reception theory and reader response theory the new criticism of postmodernism the ‘after theory’ debate post-humanism, biopolitics and animal studies aesthetics Literary Theory: The Basics helps readers to approach the many theories and debates in this field with confidence. Now with updated case studies and further reading this is an essential purchase for anyone who strives to understand literary theory today.
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Keywords for African American Studies

a new era of critical inquiries and excavation of black sexuality in which critics read not only for race but for ... subject out of African American literary representations of sexuality, such as in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

Author: Erica R. Edwards

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479852833

Category: Social Science

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A new vocabulary for African American Studies As the longest-standing interdisciplinary field, African American Studies has laid the foundation for critically analyzing issues of race, ethnicity, and culture within the academy and beyond. This volume assembles the keywords of this field for the first time, exploring not only the history of those categories but their continued relevance in the contemporary moment. Taking up a vast array of issues such as slavery, colonialism, prison expansion, sexuality, gender, feminism, war, and popular culture, Keywords for African American Studies showcases the startling breadth that characterizes the field. Featuring an august group of contributors across the social sciences and the humanities, the keywords assembled within the pages of this volume exemplify the depth and range of scholarly inquiry into Black life in the United States. Connecting lineages of Black knowledge production to contemporary considerations of race, gender, class, and sexuality, Keywords for African American Studies provides a model for how the scholarship of the field can meet the challenges of our social world.
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Zero to Hero Hero to Zero

... in fact, Ellison's tendency to align himself with white American writers such as Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Ernest Hemingway,9 rather than with black literary predecessors, alienated some African American critics at the time.

Author: Lydia Langerwerf

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527551831

Category: Literary Criticism

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Hercules is a hero; we were all brought up to appreciate the basic idea of the ancient hero. But what about him makes him one? This book aims to challenge some of the standard expectations as to what constitutes a hero, considering the phenomenon of heroism from a range of viewpoints. In this book we invite you to walk around the monumental notions of the hero and heroism, and endeavour to reach out and touch them on all sides. The chapters in this volume testify to the difficulty of answering the question ‘what is a hero?’ and engage with a variety of themes in attempting to offer some replies. They demonstrate not just the variety of ways in which the protagonists of ancient literature can be deemed heroic, but also the tendency for aspects of heroism to turn sour once identified. It seems that the moment we recognise heroic features, we are forced to question them. Do heroes necessitate anti-heroes, for example? Portraying protagonists’ heroic qualities in an ambigous light focuses the reader’s attention on the problem of realising the ideals of heroism in historic actuality. Various chapters ask the rhetorical question of whether we should expect, or more importantly, desire historical actors to behave like mythical heroes. To what extent can a hero ever be integrated into normal society? What difference might there be between a tragic and an epic hero? The commonplace ‘The only good hero is a dead hero’ summarises the extent to which this book also focuses on heroic death and dying. Covering Euripides to Monty Python, Roman soldiers to the modern military, this volume offers the reader a chance to think about the changing notion of the hero and recognise heroic qualities throughout western culture.
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Visualizing Blackness and the Creation of the African American Literary Tradition

Ellison on museums and, 203–204 in Ellison's work, 193–196 Northern vs. ... 81–84 signification, African American literary history and, 1–3 The Signifying Monkey:A Theory ofAfrican- American Literary Criticism (Gates), 1–3 silhouette, ...

Author: Lena Hill

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107041585

Category: Literary Criticism

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Examines how African American writers use visual tropes as literary devices to challenge readers' conceptions of black identity.
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