Download or read book The Chaneysville Incident written by David Bradley and published by Open Road Media. This book was released on 2013-08-06 with total page 655 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Winner of the PEN/Faulkner: “Rivals Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon as the best novel about the black experience in America since Ellison’s Invisible Man” (The Christian Science Monitor). Brilliant but troubled historian John Washington has left Philadelphia, where he is employed by a major university, to return to his hometown just north of the Mason–Dixon Line. He is there to care for Old Jack, one of the men who helped raise him when he was growing up on the Hill, an old black neighborhood in the little Pennsylvania town—but he also wants to learn more about the death of his father. What John discovers is that his father, Moses Washington, left behind extensive notes on a mystery he was researching: why thirteen escaped slaves reached freedom in Chaneysville only to die there, for reasons forgotten or never known at all. Based on meticulous historical research, The Chaneysville Incident explores the power of our pasts, and paints a vivid portrait of realities such as the Underground Railroad’s activity in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and the phenomenon of enslaved people committing suicide to escape their fate. This extraordinary novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “perhaps the most significant work by a new black male author since James Baldwin dazzled in the early ’60s with his fine fury,” and placed David Bradley in the front ranks of contemporary American authors.
Download or read book The Chaneysville Incident written by David Bradley and published by . This book was released on 1982 with total page 450 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
|Author||: Darryl Dickson-Carr|
|Publisher||: Columbia University Press|
|Release Date||: 2005-10-14|
|ISBN 10||: 0231510691|
|Pages||: 292 pages|
|Rating||: 4.5/5 (16 users)|
Download or read book The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction written by Darryl Dickson-Carr and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2005-10-14 with total page 292 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Ishmael Reed and Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead and Terry McMillan, Darryl Dickson-Carr offers a definitive guide to contemporary African American literature. This volume-the only reference work devoted exclusively to African American fiction of the last thirty-five years-presents a wealth of factual and interpretive information about the major authors, texts, movements, and ideas that have shaped contemporary African American fiction. In more than 160 concise entries, arranged alphabetically, Dickson-Carr discusses the careers, works, and critical receptions of Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Jamaica Kincaid, Charles Johnson, John Edgar Wideman, Leon Forrest, as well as other prominent and lesser-known authors. Each entry presents ways of reading the author's works, identifies key themes and influences, assesses the writer's overarching significance, and includes sources for further research. Dickson-Carr addresses the influence of a variety of literary movements, critical theories, and publishers of African American work. Topics discussed include the Black Arts Movement, African American postmodernism, feminism, and the influence of hip-hop, the blues, and jazz on African American novelists. In tracing these developments, Dickson-Carr examines the multitude of ways authors have portrayed the diverse experiences of African Americans. The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction situates African American fiction in the social, political, and cultural contexts of post-Civil Rights era America: the drug epidemics of the 1980s and 1990s and the concomitant "war on drugs," the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, the struggle for gay rights, feminism, the rise of HIV/AIDS, and racism's continuing effects on African American communities. Dickson-Carr also discusses the debates and controversies regarding the role of literature in African American life. The volume concludes with an extensive annotated bibliography of African American fiction and criticism.
Download or read book Black Enterprise written by and published by . This book was released on 1981-07 with total page 60 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: BLACK ENTERPRISE is the ultimate source for wealth creation for African American professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate executives. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE delivers timely, useful information on careers, small business and personal finance.
Download or read book Remembering Generations written by Ashraf H. A. Rushdy and published by Univ of North Carolina Press. This book was released on 2003-01-14 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Slavery is America's family secret, a partially hidden phantom that continues to haunt our national imagination. Remembering Generations explores how three contemporary African American writers artistically represent this notion in novels about the enduring effects of slavery on the descendants of slaves in the post-civil rights era. Focusing on Gayl Jones's Corregidora (1975), David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident (1981), and Octavia Butler's Kindred (1979), Ashraf Rushdy situates these works in their cultural moment of production, highlighting the ways in which they respond to contemporary debates about race and family. Tracing the evolution of this literary form, he considers such works as Edward Ball's Slaves in the Family (1998), in which descendants of slaveholders expose the family secrets of their ancestors. Remembering Generations examines how cultural works contribute to social debates, how a particular representational form emerges out of a specific historical epoch, and how some contemporary intellectuals meditate on the issue of historical responsibility--of recognizing that the slave past continues to exert an influence on contemporary American society.
|Author||: William L. Andrews|
|Publisher||: Oxford University Press|
|Release Date||: 2001-02-15|
|ISBN 10||: 9780198031758|
|Pages||: 512 pages|
|Rating||: 4.1/5 (98 users)|
Download or read book The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature written by William L. Andrews and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2001-02-15 with total page 512 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A breathtaking achievement, this Concise Companion is a suitable crown to the astonishing production in African American literature and criticism that has swept over American literary studies in the last two decades. It offers an enormous range of writers-from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, from Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison, and from Toni Morrison to August Wilson. It contains entries on major works (including synopses of novels), such as Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Richard Wright's Native Son, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. It also incorporates information on literary characters such as Bigger Thomas, Coffin Ed Johnson, Kunta Kinte, Sula Peace, as well as on character types such as Aunt Jemima, Brer Rabbit, John Henry, Stackolee, and the trickster. Icons of black culture are addressed, including vivid details about the lives of Muhammad Ali, John Coltrane, Marcus Garvey, Jackie Robinson, John Brown, and Harriet Tubman. Here, too, are general articles on poetry, fiction, and drama; on autobiography, slave narratives, Sunday School literature, and oratory; as well as on a wide spectrum of related topics. Compact yet thorough, this handy volume gathers works from a vast array of sources--from the black periodical press to women's clubs--making it one of the most substantial guides available on the growing, exciting world of African American literature.
Download or read book Writing African American Women A J written by Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2006 with total page 534 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Contributors look at the writers and their works from a feminist-womanist perspective, and address issues relating to race, class, and gender. Topical entries, e.g., "Work," "Protest Tradition," "Religion," "The Use of Myth," and "Memory," provide a rich context for the literature."--Choice review.
Download or read book Race Modernity Postmodernity written by W. Lawrence Hogue and published by SUNY Press. This book was released on 1996-01-01 with total page 228 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Reads and interprets eight works of literature by people of color, foregrounding the philosophical debate about modernity vs. postmodernity rather than solely issues of race.
|Author||: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson|
|Publisher||: Greenwood Publishing Group|
|Release Date||: 2005|
|ISBN 10||: 0313330603|
|Pages||: 598 pages|
|Rating||: 4.3/5 (36 users)|
Download or read book The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature A C written by Emmanuel Sampath Nelson and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2005 with total page 598 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Alphabetically arranged entries in five chronological volumes focus on individual authors, works, and topics related to multiethnic American literature.
Download or read book Emerging Afrikan Survivals written by Kemayo Kamau and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2004-08-02 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Download or read book Black Male Fiction and the Legacy of Caliban written by James W. Coleman and published by University Press of Kentucky. This book was released on 2021-12-14 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With The Tempest's Caliban, Shakespeare created an archetype in the modern era depicting black men as slaves and savages who threaten civilization. As contemporary black male fiction writers have tried to free their subjects and themselves from this legacy to tell a story of liberation, they often unconsciously retell the story, making their heroes into modern-day Calibans. Coleman analyzes the modern and postmodern novels of John Edgar Wideman, Clarence Major, Charles Johnson, William Melvin Kelley, Trey Ellis, David Bradley, and Wesley Brown. He traces the Caliban legacy to early literary influences, primarily Ralph Ellison, and then deftly demonstrates its contemporary manifestations. This engaging study challenges those who argue for the liberating possibilities of the postmodern narrative, as Coleman reveals the pervasiveness and influence of Calibanic discourse. At the heart of James Coleman's study is the perceived history of the black male in Western culture and the traditional racist stereotypes indigenous to the language. Calibanic discourse, Coleman argues, so deeply and subconsciously influences the texts of black male writers that they are unable to cast off the oppression inherent in this discourse. Coleman wants to change the perception of black male writers' struggle with oppression by showing that it is their special struggle with language. Black Male Fiction and the Legacy of Caliban is the first book to analyze a substantial body of black male fiction from a central perspective.
Download or read book Writing African American Women written by Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2006 with total page 1034 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book Dissenting Fictions written by Cathy Moses and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-01-14 with total page 173 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This study elucidates the relationship between identity formation and resistance to racial and sexual oppression in a group of contemporary American novels the author terms dissenting fictions, narratives that assert the subjectivity and historicity of marginalized peoples at precisely the moment when postmodern critiques proclaim the death of the subject and the inaccessibility of historical truth. Of primary concern is the question of how narrative fictions conceive of strategies of resistance to oppression in an age in which the identity politics of the sixties and seventies have given way to positional subjectivities, fluid identities, and coalition politics. Through interpretive readings of the works of well-known authors Toni Morrison and Leslie Marmon Silko, critically acclaimed novelist David Bradley, the well-respected but little-studied novelist Russell Banks, and the relatively unknown Leslie Feinberg, whose fiction challenges accepted notions of gender, the author explores a range of practices that place notions of identity in crucial relationship to resistance praxis. Dissenting fictions emerge in this study as imaginative narratives that perform substantial cultural work, reworking classical liberal notions of subjectivity and agency. These novels address the failure of conventional individual agency and imagine an interactive agency grounded in an awareness of both a political economy and historic power relations.
Download or read book Fictions of America written by Judie Newman and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2007-12-04 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Internet has had a huge impact on channels of communication and information, reaching across time and space to connect the world through globalisation. In this Internet-led world, story links to story, windows open on new stories and no overall authority establishes priority. This sense of globalisation has raised many questions for contemporary American Novelists, primarily the usefulness or redundancy of narrative and its potentially adaptive function. What are the right stories for such a broadband world? How do contemporary American novelists respond to issues such as the influence of the multinational corporation and its predecessors, human rights Imperialism, the literary work as a marketable commodity, translation as betrayal, data overload, and the implosion of the virtual into the biosphere? Is globalisation inevitable – or is it a fiction which fiction turns into reality? Fictions of America explores these questions and looks at the ways in which India, China and Africa can be said to have underwritten American culture, how literature has been marketed globally, and how novelists have answered back to power with resistant fictions. Judie Newman examines a wide range of fiction from the mid nineteenth to the twenty-first century including the transnational adoption narrative, short story, historical novel, slave narrative, international bestseller and Western to illustrate her argument. Looking closely at authors such as Bharati Mukherjee, John Updike, Emily Prager, Hannah Crafts, Zora Neale Hurston, David Bradley, Peter Høeg, and Cormac McCarthy, Fictions of America provides a bold response to the crucial questions raised by globalisation.
Download or read book Cultural Encounters in the New World written by Harald Zapf and published by Gunter Narr Verlag. This book was released on 2003 with total page 466 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
|Author||: Theresa Schmidt|
|Publisher||: GRIN Verlag|
|Release Date||: 2009-01-30|
|ISBN 10||: 9783640254583|
|Pages||: 62 pages|
|Rating||: 4.6/5 (42 users)|
Download or read book The Recovery of History as a Dialogic Process The Role of Judith in David Bradley s The Chaneysville Incident written by Theresa Schmidt and published by GRIN Verlag. This book was released on 2009-01-30 with total page 62 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,7, http: //www.uni-jena.de/ (Institut für Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Contemporary African-American Fiction, language: English, abstract: As the winner of the 1982 PEN-Faulkner Prize1 and being "acclaimed by fiction writers and by popular and scholarly writers alike" David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident could establish itself as an important piece of contemporary literature. Therefore a considerable number of entries and textual analyses exists meanwhile, whereas the theme peculiarly central within the studies is the novel's exemplary relevance for African-American "historiographic metafiction" (this term was introduced by Linda Hutcheon in her book A Poetics of Postmodernism). The basic subject of the novel concerns the protagonist's, John Washington's reconstruction of his past, and thus the process of his change in dealing with (African-American) history. However, within this work this perspective has to be broadened in the sense that Judith Powell, John's white lover should shift much more into focus. It is to be proved that Judith's role in the novel is extraordinarily necessary to enable the process John is undergoing for her interaction as a persistent and sensitive lover is the key to a mutual understanding. Prerequisites for a profound scrutiny of this claim are required; we need to know what exactly is the way John approaches history, and if that is changing, but also what is he able of at which stage of the novel? Which role do racial and other individual aspects play in John's past and how do they influence the present? Relating to potential answers we will go on by having a close look on the relationship of John and Judith, especially on the kind of their dialogic interaction. Furthermore, Judith's part in this process has to be emphasised to work out her key function by finding out how she interferes, how she succeeds and why it is e
Download or read book History and Hope in American Literature written by Ben Railton and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2016-11-10 with total page 174 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Through the examination of literary works by twentieth and twenty-first century American authors, this book shows how literature can allow us to cope with difficult periods of history (slavery, the Great Depression, the AIDS crisis, etc.) and give hope for a brighter future when those realities are confronted head-on.