African American Literature
African American Political Thought and American Culture: The Nation's Struggle for Racial Justice
African American Political Thought and American Culture
The Nation's Struggle for Racial Justice
Hardcover      ISBN: 1137528095

This book demonstrates how certain African American writers radically re-envisioned core American ideals in order to make them serviceable for racial justice. Each writer's unprecedented reconstruction of key American values has the potential to energize American citizenship today.

African Heartbeat: Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Dynamics
African Heartbeat
Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Dynamics
Hardcover      ISBN: 0761870067

This book critically examines classic works of literature and film to suggest ways in which study of fictional characters, cultural themes, and vivid imagery helps us to grapple with, understand, and find resolutions for, problems that seriously concern Americans, including uniformed officers and public officials, as well as the general populace in today's turbulent times. Chapter 1 analyzes Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tony Scott's Enemy of the State to support the author's theory that contemporary police violence against young African-American men is a result of "persistence of vision" whereby the powerful Fugitive Slave Laws of the American Civil War era exert a continuing influence upon the minds of law enforcement officers and almost all African Americans. Chapter 2 "Zora Neale Hurston: Africa Transported to America" discusses Jonah's Gourd Vine and Their Eyes Were Watching God to reveal the West African Vodun cosmological theology that informs and determines the lifelong trajectory of macho male protagonist John Buddy Pearson and feminist female protagonist Janie Mae Crawford in their quests for love and spiritual fulfillment. She suggests the Civil War disrupted a theological affinity shared by African Americans with Christian Americans, a kinship at the heart of Hurston's oeuvre. Chapter 3 reveals the West African origin of the theological design in Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo: A Novel of Mexico and in short fiction works by several contemporary Mexican writers while also investigating the impact, in particular the toll in human suffering, of violent confrontations taking place along the border shared by Mexico and the U.S. Her critical analysis highlights the stream of consciousness narrative technique, which probes the depths of human agony exacted by violations of international boundaries. She demonstrates Shakespeare's influence. Moreover, as a specialist in Comparative and English Literature, she contributes to Shakespeare scholarship on Hamlet, Prince of Denmark unprecedented insight into the meaning and significance of King Hamlet's ghost, expanding traditional Christian perspectives and providing historical and textual explications that encompass West African Vodun cosmology. Dr. Watanabe diagnoses Hamlet's madness as a funky aspect of Shakespeare's knowledge of "voodoo."

African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction: Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being
African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction
Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being
Hardcover      ISBN: 0739168851

African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction: Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being is the nexus to scholarship on manifestations of Africanisms in black art and culture, particularly the scant critical works focusing on African metaphysical retentions. This study examines New World African spirituality as a syncretic dynamic of spiritual retentions and transformations that have played prominently in the literary imagination of black women writers. Beginning with the poetry of Phillis Wheatley, African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction traces applications and transformations of African spirituality in black women's writings that culminate in the conscious and deliberate celebration of Africanity in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. The journey from Wheatley's veiled remembrances to Hurston's explicit gaze of continental Africa represents the literary journey of black women writers to represent Africa as not only a very real creative resource but also a liberating one. Hurston's icon of black female autonomy and self realization is woven from the thread work of African spiritual principles that date back to early black women's writings.

African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction: Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being
African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction
Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being
Paperback      ISBN: 0739179373

African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction: Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being is the nexus to scholarship on manifestations of Africanisms in black art and culture, particularly the scant critical works focusing on African metaphysical retentions. This study examines New World African spirituality as a syncretic dynamic of spiritual retentions and transformations that have played prominently in the literary imagination of black women writers. Beginning with the poetry of Phillis Wheatley, African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction traces applications and transformations of African spirituality in black women's writings that culminate in the conscious and deliberate celebration of Africanity in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. The journey from Wheatley's veiled remembrances to Hurston's explicit gaze of continental Africa represents the literary journey of black women writers to represent Africa as not only a very real creative resource but also a liberating one. Hurston's icon of black female autonomy and self realization is woven from the thread work of African spiritual principles that date back to early black women's writings.

African-American Voices in Young Adult Literature: Tradition, Transition, Transformation (Revised)
African-American Voices in Young Adult Literature
Tradition, Transition, Transformation (Revised)
Paperback      ISBN: 0810842726

New in paperback Winner of the 1996 G.K. Hall Award and Multicultural Review's 1995 Carey McWilliams Award. Paperback edition available 2002. 'Designed to be used by librarians and teachers exploring works written by and for African Americans...a wonderful professional source to help in choosing literature for school libraries...Recommended.'-THE BOOK REPORT 'This collection will fill an important need for school and public libraries seeking a more scholarly dialogue on African-American literature for young adults.'-VOYA

Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s
Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s
Paperback      ISBN: 0226035433

Featuring the work of the most distinguished scholars in the field, this volume assesses the state of Afro-American literary study and projects a vision of that study for the 1990s. A rich and rewarding collection.--Choice.

This diverse and inspired collection . . . testifies to the Afro-Am academy's extraordinary vitality.--Voice Literary Supplement
The Afro-American Short Story: A Comprehensive, Annotated Index with Selected Commentaries
The Afro-American Short Story
A Comprehensive, Annotated Index with Selected Commentaries
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313243557

This book provides both a comprehensive cross-reference to modern Afro-American short stories published from 1950-1982 and an analysis and commentary on modern short fiction. Over 850 stories written by approximately 300 authors are indexed. It also provides an extensive guide to many of the stories published in anthologies, collections, and periodicals during this period. Part I, the Chronology, lists the stories by year of publication and alphabetically by title within each year. An index code, which cross-references the Chronology to the author and title indexes, precedes each story. The author, the point of view, a description, and all of the known sources for the story are given. Part II lists, in standard bibliographical format, the anthologies and collections in which the stories appear and lists each story in the anthologies/collections. Part III consists of approximately 100 analyses/commentaries/critiques of selected stories in accordance with traditional literary genres: comedy, epic, tragedy, tragi-comedy, and unresolved struggle, as well as generally accepted types of Afro-American literature: celebrative-commemorative, militant, protest, personal experience, and universal concerns. Title and author indexes complete the book.

Afro-American Writing - Ppr.
Afro-American Writing - Ppr.
Paperback      ISBN: 0271003766

The dynamic course of Afro-American literature from oppression through protest to liberation is depicted in the anthology. Long and Collier have added contemporary writers, introductions, and head notes to make this the most comprehensive, up-to-date anthology available. From Phillis Wheatley to Alice Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King and Amiri Baraka, the Afro-American writers are represented here.

Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America
Air Traffic
A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America
Paperback      ISBN: 0525432213
From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition.

Gregory Pardlo's father was a brilliant and charismatic man--a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four. But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, he succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family's money on more and more ostentatious whims. In the face of this troubling model and disillusioned presence in the household, young Gregory rebels. Struggling to distinguish himself on his own terms, he hustles off to Marine Corps boot camp. He moves across the world, returning to the United States only to take a job as a manager-cum-barfly at his family's jazz club.

Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future. Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family. In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class, and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity.

Air Traffic is a richly realized, deeply felt ode to one man's remarkable father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating yet redemptive ties of family. It is also a scrupulous, searing examination of how manhood can be fashioned in our cultural landscape.
Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times
Alice Walker
A Woman for Our Times
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313377502

Born in Eatonton, GA, in 1944, a daughter of sharecroppers, Alice Walker has lived a remarkable and courageous life, and she continues to do so as an elder. Taking inspiration from her great-great-great-great grandmother who lived enslaved in the American South and died at age 125, Walker's activism stems from a philosophy that embraces all life and expresses itself through courageous truth-telling, a resolute stand for freedom, and radical love.

Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times offers a full examination of the intellectual underpinnings of Walker's life and her oeuvre from a philosophical standpoint. This philosophical biography draws a portrait of the author that reveals the nuances of her character, clarifies the relationship between her life experiences and her lifework, and the philosophical thought that underlies both. This work will be essential reading to those interested in Black studies, women's studies, the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements, peace studies, the American South, philosophy, psychology, sociology, spirituality and New Age literature, and ecology and eco-feminism.