Encyclopedia of African-American Literature

Encyclopedia of African-American Literature

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Baker & Taylor
Covers the entire spectrum of the African-American literary tradition, from the eighteenth-century writings of pioneers such as Olaudah Equiano and Phillis Wheatley, to twentieth-century canonic texts, to the finest of today's best-selling authors and rap artists.

Book News
This reference provides entries on important African-American literary works and writers, as well as thematic and contextual entries on movements, publications, ideas, and major critical and theoretical schools and scholars. Entries cover the entire spectrum of the Africa-American literary tradition, from the 18th century writings of Phillis Wheatley to today's best-selling and emerging authors. Major and minor authors and all genres are represented. The editors hasten to reassure readers that the inclusion of a handful of writers from hip-hop culture, and specifically from rap poetry, does not imply support of the negative messages of many rap videos and lyrics. Rather, "what attracts us to hip-hop culture and rap is the seeming continuity...between it and the Black Arts Movement." Samuels teaches English and ethnic studies at the University of Utah, where he also directs the African American Studies Program. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Encyclopedia of African-American Literature includes more than 500 engaging entries on important works and writers, as well as thematic and contextual entries on movements, publications, ideas, and more.
Coverage includes: major novels, memoirs, nonfiction, plays, poetry, and short stories; synopses and analyses of important works, such as Beloved, Black Boy, The Color Purple, Invisible Man, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, A Raisin in the Sun, The Souls of Black Folk, and many more; biographies of important African-American authors, such as Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Phillis Wheatley, and many more; and entries on some of today's best-selling authors and rap artists.

Facts on File
Encyclopedia of African-American Literature covers the entire spectrum of the African-American literary tradition, from the 18th-century writings of pioneers such as Olaudah Equiano and Phillis Wheatley, to 20th-century canonic texts, to the finest of today's best-selling authors and rap artists. This volume includes more than 500 engaging entries on major and minor writers, including fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, dramatists, and critics, as well as entries on the finest works of African-American literature, from all genres and time periods.

Coverage includes:

  • Maya Angelou
  • James Baldwin
  • Beloved
  • Black aesthetic
  • Black arts movement
  • Black Boy
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • The civil rights movement
  • The Color Purple
  • Frederick Douglass
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Langston Hughes
  • Invisible Man
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Toni Morrison
  • Gloria Naylor
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Tricksters
  • Alice Walker
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Richard Wright.


Publisher: New York, NY : Facts On File, c2007
ISBN: 9780816050734
0816050732
Characteristics: x, 626 p. ; 24 cm

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