Contemporary African American Literature

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<P>In this volume, Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner have compiled a collection of essays that offer access to some of the most innovative contemporary black fiction while addressing important issues in current African American literary studies. Distinguished scholars Houston Baker, Trudier Harris, Darryl Dickson-Carr, and Maryemma Graham join writers and younger scholars to explore the work of Toni Morrison, Edward P. Jones, Trey Ellis, Paul Beatty, Mat Johnson, Kyle Baker, Danzy Senna, Nikki Turner, and many others. The collection is bracketed by a foreword by novelist and graphic artist Mat Johnson, one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary African American writers, and an afterword by Alice Randall, author of the controversial parody The Wind Done Gone. Together, King and Moody-Turner make the case that diversity, innovation, and canon expansion are essential to maintaining the vitality of African American literary studies.</P>
<P>Foreword <BR> Mat Johnson, University of Houston<BR>Acknowledgments<BR>Introduction <BR> Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner, Penn State University<BR>I. Politics of Publishing, Pedagogy, and Readership<BR>1. The Point of Entanglement: Modernism, Diaspora, and Toni Morrison’s Love<BR> Houston A. Baker, Jr., Vanderbilt University<BR>2. The Historical Burden that Only Oprah Can Bear: African American <BR>Satirists and the State of the Literature<BR> Darryl Dickson-Carr, Southern Methodist University<BR>3. Black is Gold: African American Literature, Literacy, and Pedagogical <BR>Legacies<BR> Maryemma Graham, University of Kansas <BR>4. Hip Hop Fiction (feat. Women Writers); or, Other Things Hip Hop Music Has Taught Black Fiction<BR> Eve Dunbar, Vassar College <BR>5. Street Literature and the Mode of Spectacular Writing: Popular Fiction between Sensationalism, Education, Politics and Entertainment<BR> Kristina Graaff, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University of Berlin<BR>II. Alternative Genealogies<BR>6. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Slave: Visual Artistry as Agency in the <BR>Contemporary Narrative of Slavery<BR> Evie Shockley, Rutgers University <BR>7. Variations on the Theme: Black Family, Nationhood, Lesbianism and Sadomasochistic Desire in Marci Blackman’s Po Man’s Child<BR> Carmen Phelps, University of Toledo<BR>8. Bad-Brother-Man: Black Folk Figure Narratives in Comics<BR> James Braxton Peterson, Bucknell University<BR>III. Beyond Authenticity<BR>9. Sampling the Sonics of Sex (Funk) in Paul Beatty’s Slumberland<BR> L. H. Stallings, Indiana University <BR>10. Urkel No More? Black Geeks in Contemporary Black Literature<BR> Alexander Weheliye, Northwestern University <BR>11. The Crisis of Authenticity in Contemporary African American Literature<BR> Richard Schur, Drury University <BR>12. Someday We’ll All Be Free: Contemporary Fiction and the Post-Oppression Narrative<BR> Martha Southgate, Brooklyn Novelist <BR>IV. Pedagogical Approaches and Implications <BR>13. Untangling History, Dismantling Fear: Teaching Tayari Jones’s Leaving Atlanta<BR> Trudier Harris, UNC-Chapel Hill, Emerita <BR>14. Reading Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner with a Group of Collegiate Black Men<BR> Howard Rambsy II, Southern Illinois University<BR>15. Toward the Theoretical Practice of Conceptual Liberation: Using An Africana Studies Approach to Reading African American Literary Texts<BR> Greg Carr, Howard University and Dana Williams, Howard University <BR>Afterword<BR> Alice Randall, Vanderbilt Novelist<BR>Annotated Bibliography<BR> Pia Deas, Lincoln University and David Green, St. Johns University<BR>Index</P>

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Published 28 August 2013
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EAN13 9780253006974
Language English

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