The Cambridge history of African American literature


The Cambridge history of African American literature

Maryemma Graham and Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

Cambridge University Press, 2015, c2011

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Originally published in hardback 2011

Includes bibliographical references (p. 746-806) and index



The first major twenty-first century history of four hundred years of black writing, The Cambridge History of African American Literature presents a comprehensive overview of the literary traditions, oral and print, of African-descended peoples in the United States. Expert contributors, drawn from the United States and beyond, emphasise the dual nature of each text discussed as a work of art created by an individual and as a response to unfolding events in American cultural, political, and social history. Unprecedented in scope, sophistication and accessibility, the volume draws together current scholarship in the field. It also looks ahead to suggest new approaches, new areas of study, and as yet undervalued writers and works. The Cambridge History of African American Literature is a major achievement both as a work of reference and as a compelling narrative and will remain essential reading for scholars and students in years to come.


  • Introduction Maryemma Graham and Jerry Ward
  • Part I. African American Literature from Its Origins to the Twentieth Century: 1. Sounds of a tradition: the souls of Black folk F. Abiola Irele
  • 2. Early print literature of Africans in America Philip Gould
  • 3. The emergence of an African American literary canon, 1760-1820 Vincent Carretta
  • 4. Dividing a nation, uniting a people: African American literature and the Abolitionist Movement Stefan Wheelock
  • 5. African American literature and the slave narrative genre John Ernest
  • 6. Writing freedom: race, religion, and revolution, 1820-40 Kimberly Blockett
  • 7. 'We wish to plead our own cause': independent Antebellum African American literature, 1840-65 Joycelyn Moody
  • 8. Racial ideologies in theory and practice: political and cultural nationalism, 1865-1910 Warren Carson
  • 9. The 'fictions' of race Keith Byerman and Hanna Wallinger
  • 10. 'We wear the mask': the making of a poet Keith Leonard
  • 11. Toward a modernist poetics Mark Sanders
  • Part II. African American Literature since the Twentieth Century: 12. Foundations of African American modernism, 1910-50 Craig Werner and Sandra Shannon
  • 13. The New Negro Movement and the politics of art Emily Bernard
  • 14. African American literature and the Great Depression Darryl Dickson-Carr
  • 15. Weaving jagged words: the Black Left, 1930s-40s Nicole Walingora-Davis
  • 16. Writing the American story, 1945-52 John Lowe
  • 17. Geographies of the modern: writing beyond borders and boundaries Sabine Broeck
  • 18. African American literature by writers of Caribbean descent Daryl Cumber Dance
  • 19. Reform and revolution, 1965-76: the Black aesthetic at work James Smethurst and Howard Ramsby
  • 20. History as fact and fiction Trudier Harris
  • 21. Redefining the art of poetry Opal Moore
  • 22. Cultural resistance and avant-garde aesthetics: African American poetry from 1970 to the present Tony Bolden
  • 23. New frontiers, cross-currents and convergencies: emerging cultural paradigms Madhu Dubey and Elizabeth Goldberg
  • Part III. African American Literature as Academic and Cultural Capital: 24. Children's and young adult literatures Giselle L. Anatol
  • 25. From writer to reader: Black popular fiction Candice Love Jackson
  • 26. Cultural capital and the presence of Africa: Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson and the power of Black theatre Harry Elam
  • 27. African American literature: foundational scholarship, criticism and theory Lawrence P. Jackson
  • 28. African American literatures and new world cultures Kenneth Warren
  • Bibliography
  • Suggested further reading.

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