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the African-American Novel : James Weldon Johnson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison.

Politics in the African-American Novel : James Weldon Johnson, W. by Richard Kostelanetz. One of America's most distinguished independent s, Richard Kostelanetz, has written a prescient volume that uses, as a starting point, the philosopher Robin Collingwood's notion that the historian and the novelist have much in common, for both attempt to define the largest lines of historical development.

Richard Wright, hailed as the most eloquent spokesman for African-Americans of his generation upon publication of his powerful first novel, Native Son, is considered in the following chapter. Chapter five is devoted to Ralph Ellison whose first novel, The Invisible Man, won the National Book Award and achieved prominence as a primary text on the experience of Blacks in America. This close reading of fiction for political implications closes with an appendix of two essays also written in the 1960s about the figures and issues discussed in this study.

Scholar and activist . Du Bois was one of the foremost leaders of the radical protest movement among African Americans in the early decades of the 20th century. Although Du Bois’s political involvements have largely defined his legacy, in his time he was a respected author and historian of literature as well.

African-American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of African descent. It begins with the works of such late 18th-century writers as Phillis Wheatley. Before the high point of slave narratives, African-American literature was dominated by autobiographical spiritual narratives.

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The Afro-American Novel and its Tradition. Politics in the African-American novel: James Weldon Johnson, . New York: Greenwood Press, 1991

The Afro-American Novel and its Tradition. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press; London: Eurospan (distributor cop. 1987. Cooke, Michael G. Afro-American Literature in the Twentieth Century: The Achievement of intimacy. London: Yale University Press, 1985. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. Larson, Charles R. Invisible Darkness: Jean Toomer & Nella Larsen.

The dehumanization of African Americans during slavery had been followed in the long aftermath of the Civil War by. .

The dehumanization of African Americans during slavery had been followed in the long aftermath of the Civil War by their often brutal repression in the South and by conditions of life in many respects equally severe in the nominally integrated North. As Wright grew up in the South under the harsh conditions he would describe in his autobiography Black Boy (1945) and began to read fiction, he took readily to urban naturalism. For him, the road to Native Son had started with his first exposure to the major naturalists and realists. All my life had shaped me for the realism, the naturalism of the modern novel, he declared in Black Boy, and I could not read enough of them.

Scholars wishing to interrogate contemporary African American culture are increasingly met with a critical mass of hip hop scholarship . Jelly Roll Morton to W. Du Bois and bell hooks, these writers interrogate and reconstruct the history of African American popular culture and music.

Scholars wishing to interrogate contemporary African American culture are increasingly met with a critical mass of hip hop scholarship, works that centralize this culture within a web of competing. voices seeking to articulate the place of rap music and hip hop culture within the academy. Through their efforts this forgotten or ignored history comes to have immediate and radical implications for an academic, as well as a more general, audience.

An important contribution to both the cultural and the literary history of the enduring African American freedom struggle, this volume showcases an impressive range of literary works that freshly illuminates this powerful struggle. Waldo E. Martin, Jr. No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America). The first collection of its kind, one that is much needed and long overdue.

One of America's most distinguished independent artists/intellectuals, Richard Kostelanetz, has written a prescient volume that uses, as a starting point, the philosopher Robin Collingwood's notion that the historian and the novelist have much in common, for both attempt to define the largest lines of historical development. Aside from the introduction and conclusion, which were specifically written for this publication, these insightful chapters on four outstanding African-American novelists were composed and appeared in journals in the late 1960s. Kostelanetz saw the writing on the wall and told readers about it more than twenty years ago. In his analysis of the novels written by pioneering Black novelists James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963), Richard Wright (1908-1960), and Ralph Ellison (1914-), Kostelanetz culls their political meanings and interprets experience suggestive of political meanings. Kostelanetz places these meanings into a chronological framework that transforms the book from a political or literary history into a history of ideas in literature. This painstaking analysis of fiction--to deduce themes that are then interpreted as intellectual history--is an original scholarly approach to these novels.

After presenting a typology of political alternatives for African-America, Kostelanetz looks at the work of writer/diplomat/editor James Weldon Johnson, whose groundbreaking novel, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, appeared in 1912. Chapter three analyzes the novels of writer/editor/teacher W. E. B. Du Bois, whose work promoted greater understanding of African-Americans. Richard Wright, hailed as the most eloquent spokesman for African-Americans of his generation upon publication of his powerful first novel, Native Son, is considered in the following chapter. Chapter five is devoted to Ralph Ellison whose first novel, The Invisible Man, won the National Book Award and achieved prominence as a primary text on the experience of Blacks in America. This close reading of fiction for political implications closes with an appendix of two essays also written in the 1960s about the figures and issues discussed in this study. The novels treated here retain a kind of eye-witness account from the front immediacy that, combined with Kostelanetz's enduring insights, will make Politics in the African-American Novel an important addition to courses in American history, African-American politics, or African-American literature. Informed general readers will also find much to ponder in this book.


Politics in the African-American Novel: James Weldon Johnson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison (Contributions in Afro-American & African Studies) download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Richard Kostelanetz
ISBN: 0313274711
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (April 19, 1991)
Pages: 200 pages